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ROCH KUBATKO'S ROSTER ANALYSIS

PITCHERS

Ht. Wt. W-L ERA

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78 Matt Albers, 6-0, 205, 4-11, 5.86 ERA -- Known to have great stuff, he needs to become more polished either as a fifth starter or a long reliever. 35 Greg Aquino, 6-1, 188, 0-1, 4.50 ERA -- Initial plan has Aquino in sixth- and seventh-inning role, but he's Plan B if George Sherrill fails as the closer. 77 Randor Bierd, 6-4, 190, -, - -- Rule 5 pick will need to work multiple innings because the team has an abundance of one-inning pitchers. 53 Chad Bradford, 6-5, 203, 4-7, 3.34 ERA -- Right-handed complement to Jamie Walker needs to keep getting ground balls and cut down on base runners. 56 Brian Burres, 6-1, 182, 6-8, 5.95 ERA -- Could be asked to work the back end of the rotation and serve in long relief, just as he did last year. 40 Daniel Cabrera, 6-9, 258, 9-18, 5.55 ERA -- Needs to command his fastball better, mix in his changeup and start attaching wins to all those innings. 23 Rocky Cherry, 6-5, 225, 1-1, 5.46 ERA -- Likely a middle reliever on this club; he didn't allow a run in his first nine innings this spring. 46 Jeremy Guthrie, 6-1, 196, 7-5, 3.70 ERA -- Not expected to duplicate Erik Bedard's numbers, but he must become a stopper despite limited experience. 29 Adam Loewen, 6-5, 235, 2-0, 3.56 ERA -- Forget emerging as the No. 1 starter this year; the Orioles need him to stay healthy and mature as a pitcher. 41 Steve Trachsel, 6-4, 205, 7-11, 4.90 ERA -- Signed to a minor league deal a few days before spring training to provide innings and veteran presence. 45 Dennis Sarfate, 6-4, 225, 1-0, 1.08 ERA-- Hard-throwing right-hander could fill a variety of roles, but only if his control doesn't abandon him. 51 George Sherrill, 6-0, 230, 2-0, 2.36 ERA -- Former Seattle Mariners setup man is replacing Chris Ray as closer despite having just four career major league saves. 32 Jamie Walker, 6-2, 194, 3-2, 3.23 ERA -- Rather than close on occasion, he's supposed to concentrate solely on left-handed setup duties.

Ht. Wt. BA HRs RBIs

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CATCHERS

18 Ramon Hernandez, 6-0, 235, .258, 9, 62 -- Now that he's in better shape, he has to bulk up his offensive numbers and guide the young pitchers. 24 Guillermo Quiroz, 6-1, 202, .400, 0, 2 -- Is needed to be a solid catch-and-throw guy who offers a little extra offensively compared with past backups.

INFIELDERS

12 Brandon Fahey, 6-2, 160, .167, 0, 1 -- Orioles would settle for continued steady play at shortstop and periodic starts at second in a backup role. 2 Luis Hernandez, 5-10, 182, .290, 1, 7 -- Must tighten up his defense and stop pressing; will be asked to do the little things with his bat. 17 Aubrey Huff, 6-4, 234, .280, 15, 72 -- With Miguel Tejada gone, he has to provide more run production and lose his habit of starting slowly. 15 Kevin Millar, 6-0, 217, .254, 17, 63 -- As the cleanup hitter, he has to continue giving the team quality at-bats with the occasional home run as protection for Nick Markakis. 9 Scott Moore, 6-2, 195, .231, 1, 11 -- Made the team by hitting a ton this spring; is needed as a utility guy who plays corner infield positions and left field. 6 Melvin Mora, 5-11, 200, .274, 14, 58 -- Has to rediscover his power stroke, take advantage of Nick Markakis hitting behind him and assume a leadership role. 1 Brian Roberts, 5-9, 175, .290, 12, 57 -- Orioles will gladly take his Gold Glove-caliber defense and another 50 stolen bases.

OUTFIELDERS

31 Jay Gibbons, 6-0, 205, .230, 6, 28 -- Has to start hitting once his 15-day suspension is over; staying healthy has been a yearly challenge. 10 Adam Jones, 6-2, 200, .246, 2, 4 -- The jewel of the Erik Bedard trade needs to develop into one of the best young players in baseball to justify the cost. 21 Nick Markakis, 6-2, 215, .300, 23, 112 -- Just stay the course. He's headed to stardom unless lack of protection in the lineup prohibits him from seeing good pitches. 16 Jay Payton, 5-10, 207, .256, 7, 58 -- Might be needed to platoon in left with Luke Scott. Otherwise, he can back up at all three outfield positions. 13 Tike Redman, 5-11, 175, .318, 2, 16 -- A left-handed pinch hitter who plays anywhere in the outfield and brings a positive attitude to the ballpark. 30 Luke Scott, 6-0, 210, .255, 18, 64 -- Has to prove that he can hit left-handers and play every day rather than platoon in left; a power stroke would be appreciated.


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