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  1. On the contrary, Wilson Betemit is exactly what I think of when someone speaks of their third basement.

    Comment by rob.allgood — August 9, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

  2. Do you guys think he will start next year in the majors? I just get the feeling he’s going to struggle a bit and be called up sometime before the all-star game next year. Thoughts?

    Comment by Trout — August 9, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  3. I think it’s a little too early to say. I think it’s a given that he’ll struggle, but there’s a big difference between posting a .680 OPS with so-so defense and a .550 OPS and looking overmatched in the field. If he really face plants, I could see Baltimore dropping him back down to Triple-A, but if he looks like he’s catching on rather well, they’ll keep him up and under the tutelage of the big league staff.

    If I had to guess, I’m going to guess that he shows them enough to really make them think hard about keeping him up and at that point it becomes a question of cost control and competitiveness. If they think they can compete in 2013, they’ll keep him up. If injuries mount or things look grim, they’ll drop him back to Triple-A for “seasoning”, though the incentive to do that under the new CBA is much smaller than it used to be.

    TL;DR: Too early to know for sure, but my money’s on him breaking camp with the O’s.

    Comment by Dan Wade — August 9, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

  4. I dont think Betemit ends up in a platoon with him. Machado playing decent at third allows a platoon with Dino/Quintinalla, and Betemit/ Reynolds, both platoons make sense as far as a L/R split goes.

    Comment by Kyle H — August 9, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

  5. speaking of J. Clement: he’s actually putting up pretty decent numbers in AAA this year. I’m rooting for him to get another chance and I bet he plays in the majors this year.

    Comment by d_i — August 10, 2012 @ 10:30 am

  6. Welp, put my claim in last night. Can’t let that 2 waiver priority just die on the vine, and a two homer game on his second day in the majors is enough to convince me to give him a shot.

    Comment by Jason — August 11, 2012 @ 6:55 am

  7. Has anybody written an article entitled “Machado about nothing” yet?

    Comment by Aaron Beach — August 11, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  8. To be fair i see a platoon at 1st between Reynolds and Betemit as the most effective solution for the Orioles that could allow Machado to get consistent playing time.

    Comment by Dave — August 11, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  9. perfect

    Comment by j-bones — August 11, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

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