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10/12/1983 (33 y, 4 m, 12 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 13, Overall: 61, Team: Baltimore Orioles
$1.4M / 1 Years (2016)
Reimold is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Red Sox. (8/17/2016)
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Year in Review:
Don't worry: you don't have to hand in your baseball nerd credentials if you didn't see this coming. Entering 2009, Reimold was a corner outfielder who'd put up good, but not eye-popping, numbers for his age and levels. Combine that with his less-than-stellar fielding reputation, and Reimold wasn't really what you'd call a top prospect. Then 2009 happened. Reimold began the year at Triple-A Norfolk and absolutely murdered all the baseballs there – to the tune of .394/.485/.743 (good for a .530 wOBA). The O's called him up in May to spell the injured Adam Jones and Luke Scott. While it was generally expected that Reimold would go back down to the minors, that never happened. Instead, he took the left field spot for his own, slashing .279/.365/.466 with a rookie-best 11.6% BB rate in 411 PA before a partially torn Achilles prompted Baltimore to shut him down after Sept. 17.
The Year Ahead:
The interesting thing about Reimold's 2009 is that, while his crazy Triple-A line was fueled by an entirely unsustainable .453 BABIP, his MLB BABIP was a pretty reasonable .320. Given his patience and decent contact rate (80.5%, almost exactly league average), there's reason to believe that 2009 was the real deal. More than that, according to Reimold, the Achilles was actually bothering him right from the beginning of the season. Reimold had surgery on it before the year was even over. As such, there's every reason to believe that he'll enter the season as the Orioles’ everyday left fielder. Look for him to top 20 home runs in 2010 – and 80 RBI, too, if he remains in the fifth spot in the O's lineup. (Carson Cistulli)
There are sophomore slumps, and then there's what Nolan Reimold went through in 2010. He debuted with a .365 wOBA in over 400 plate appearances in 2009, then slumped down to a .274 wOBA in 2010 before being demoted to the minors. His performance improved in Triple-A but he didn't set the world on fire, posting a .341 wOBA. Reimold's batted-ball profile didn't change much from 2009 to 2010 at all, though about two percent of his line drives turned into regular old fly balls. That won't account for an 80-point drop in BABIP or a 66-point drop in ISO, however. Reimold did swing at roughly ten percent fewer pitches in the strike zone last year (54.5%), and overall he swung at just 38.9% of the pitches he saw in 2010, one of the lowest marks in baseball. It's possible that he's become too passive at the plate and is letting hittable pitches go by. The Orioles are set in the outfield going into 2011 with Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Felix Pie, though Reimold will likely be given a chance to usurp Pie for the left-field job in spring training. If he doesn't beat him out, it's back to Triple-A for him, meaning there's no reason to draft him in just about any kind of league. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Reimold found himself back in the minors following his breakout 2009 campaign, and unless he has a huge spring, he's likely headed back there in 2011.
Reimold bounced back after a poor 2010 season. While his .247/.328/.453 slash line wasn't anything to get too excited about, it was nice to see Reimold hit for power again. After clubbing 13 home runs in 305 plate appearances last season, one has to wonder if he's capable of 20-25 with a full season under his belt. Reimold is currently the Orioles best option at DH, and might get that opportunity this season. He's not a candidate for a major breakout, but he could be a source of cheap power in most leagues. Keep an extra special eye out for him in five-outfield leagues like those found in ottoneu. (Chris Cwik)
The Quick Opinion:
After a disastrous 2010, Reimold bounced back last season. As long as he receives playing time, he should be a cheap source of power in most leagues.
As it stands now, Reimold appears poised to share left field duties with Nate McClouth, likely getting most of his chances against left-handed pitching if it turns into a time share. Owners willing to take a flier on the righty outfielder late in their drafts -- or consider making him a one-buck player in their auction -- hope to see more of the output we saw from him in 16 games last season. While 16 games is indeed a small sample size, it’s worth noting he batted .313 with five homers, six doubles and 10 RBIs in 69 plate appearances, good enough for a 153 wRC+. If by chance Reimold is able to pick up where he left off in 2012, the Orioles’ brass may be forced to find an everyday spot for him in their lineup. It's not like Wilson Betemit will block him from regular playing time at designated hitter if Reimold fulfills his promise of power, patience and speed. (Alan Harrison)
The Quick Opinion:
Nolan Reimold has been a post-hype sleeper for what feels like two or three consecutive seasons now. And the same may be said heading into 2013 as the outfielder is expected to be fully recovered from the neck surgery that abruptly ended his 2012 campaign after just 16 games.
Nolan Reimold can’t stay on the field, which makes analyzing him and expecting anything from him a risky proposition. He’s managed just 209 plate appearances, total, the past two years following three partial-seasons in the majors. The Orioles tendered him and avoided arbitration, so they must know his neck – now twice repaired, once with a disc removal and once with a cervical fusion – is better. Even with a poor 2013 performance (.195/.250/.336, 29.3% strikeout rate), Reimold has above average weighted offense for his career and Baltimore is holding out hope he can provide some pop as a fourth outfielder in a left field time-share. If Reimold gets enough playing time – a major if – he’ll hit enough home runs to matter. Don’t bet on steady playing time, though, and don’t expect contributions in any other category. (
The Quick Opinion:
Nolan Reimold has now had two major neck surgeries, but the Orioles paid him a hair over $1 million to stick around for 2014. The power is there but not much else is, and the questions about playing time limit his value.
The Orioles finally cut ties with Reimold in 2014 after they weren't satisfied with his recovery from injury (or perhaps it was just a roster crunch). He mashed in a brief rehab stint with Baltimore, but struggled in Toronto and Phoenix. The main issue was a 16.5% swinging strike rate, roughly double his previous career average. He showed some power, which could mean the once promising hitter is still somewhere within that mostly-broken 31-year-old shell. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Reimold was sent packing by the Orioles last season, and a doubling of his whiff rate led the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks to also cut ties with him.
Nolan Reimold has recorded more than 300 plate appearances only twice in seven seasons and has averaged fewer than 200 plate appearances per season during his career. He has never figured largely into the Baltimore Orioles' plans, and rumors regarding the team's interest in Yoenis Cespedes even after they signed Chris Davis further underscored the point. Throw Hyun-soo Kim, recent Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) import, into the mix and it looks like the Birds found another way to bury Reimold. He could see moderate playing time shuffling in as a replacement at every outfield position, and Kim, signed for only $7 million, is nowhere near an unbenchably-prodigious international bat à la Jose Abreu, making Reimold not an entirely lost cause. And should his cause be, indeed, found, he packs a legitimate 25-homer wallop. It's empty power, though, in the vein of Ryan Howard -- the strikeouts are a bit too burdensome for fantasy purposes. Unless he steals the greater portion of the left field time share in Baltimore, Reimold is not a fantasy consideration, even in AL-only leagues. (Alex Chamberlain)
The Quick Opinion:
Nolan Reimold offers thump, but it's empty thump, à la Ryan Howard. With freshly-signed Hyun-soo Kim in town, Reimold is once again crowded out of a starting role and figures to do no better than share time in left field, rendering him a relatively useless fantasy asset for 2016.
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