Outfielder Seth Smith said Friday that he’s looking forward to being part of the Orioles’ power-packed lineup, and hopes he’ll be able to contribute both on-base potential and a little power of his own.
“At this point, I am the kind of player that I am,” Smith said. “That’s what I’m going to try to bring every day and do the best I can and if that’s getting on base, great. If I can hit a couple homers like the rest of the guys, that would be good, too.”
Smith, 34, posted a .342 on-base percentage in 438 plate appearances last season with the Seattle Mariners, a mark that would’ve ranked him third on last year’s Orioles, behind Hyun Soo Kim (.382) and Manny Machado (.343). Smith’s 16 homers in pitcher-friendly Safeco Field last season were the second most of his career.
Smith already showed the Orioles that he does have some pop. He homered in each game of the Mariners’ four-game sweep of the Orioles at Safeco Field last season. Smith was 8-for-17 with 11 RBIs in that series.
Though he didn’t get to see the Orioles close up that much, he was well aware of the way they hit the ball out of the ballpark.
“I knew Mark [Trumbo] and I kept up with him a little bit,” Smith said. “And just watching the lineup and some of the stars that are in the lineup, the big power guys, it’s fun. I didn’t check the box score daily, but you watch highlights and you see the fun things that they’re able to do.”