Scouts talk Nolan Reimold
I haven’t been around many players who were as polarizing to scouts as Nolan Reimold was before he debuted with the Orioles last season. I’d talk to three scouts and one would think he could be an All-Star player, one would call him a solid third outfielder and the final one would say he’d be lucky to be a fourth outfielder.
Reimold won over a lot of the dissenting scouts last season when he hit .279 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs and emerged as a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate before he was shut down to have left Achilles surgery. This year has been a different story as the 26-year-old outfielder was demoted to Triple-A after hitting .205 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 29 games for the Orioles. He hasn’t fared much better for the Tides with a .122 average, two homers and four RBIs entering Tuesday.
The opinions of the scouts that we spoke to are that his struggles were mostly related to him not being fully recovered from the foot surgery. They said his early season problems have not dimmed their opinion of him as a potential solid player.
Scout No. 1
“I am really surprised by Reimold. I thought he was the best power threat that the Orioles were going to have. I don’t know for sure, but I think the Achilles’ tendon has to have something to do with it. That’s a tough injury. It’s his plant foot and that just has to affect him at the plate. I still have confidence in him. I choose to give him a pass because of his injury. I think he’ll come back from this. He still has a lot of power.”
Scout No. 2
“Reimold is going to be a good player. The consensus among scouts is that he is a pretty good player, a guy who can hit 20-25 homers and be a .275/.280 hitter. He runs well but is an average outfielder at best. He’s not really going to set the world on fire in the outfield. Left field is his position. He hustles. He had a slow start, but I don’t know how much the Achilles hampered him.”
Scout No. 3
“He is his own worst enemy. He went into spring training and wanted to prove to the club he was healthy. And with [Felix] Pie hitting the [heck] out of the ball, he pressed so darn much. He has always felt he’s had to really earn his way with the Orioles. I think he’ll come out of it. No question he is in a funk right now. But he needs to remember what got him up here.”