This is what happens when you actually start Nolan Reimold on a regular basis.
Reimold has been on an absolute tear to start the 2012 season. Currently Reimold is hitting .370 with five home runs (both are team highs) as well as ten runs batted in and has had a hit in every game he has played this year except the season opener.
Buck Showalter has decided to use Reimold in the leadoff spot this year, and so far, that move has paid off. Reimold only has one stolen base so far this year, but when he’s hitting .370, that’s just fine by me.
Over the span of four games from April 13th thru the 17th, Reimold hit a home run in each of those four games. His nine runs scored also are impressive.
It’s great to see Reimold get off to a hot start. After a rough start to his 2011 season which saw him start off the season in the minors, he is proving he belongs in the Major Leagues.
Reimold played well during his rookie season in 2009 where he hit .279 with 15 HR and 45 RBI in 104 games played. His 2010 season got off to a rocky start, however, as he was hitting only .205 through mid-May and looked a little shaky in left field. That slow start earned him a demotion to AAA where he spent the majority of the season before getting called up in September.
Reimold’s 2011 started off in AAA, where he was off to a slow start, but was given another shot in mid-May. After his call-up, Reimold played well and finished the year hitting .247 with 13 HR and 45 RBI in 87 games. Reimold finished the year very strong, having himself a great September where he hit .281 with five home runs and 17 runs batted in during the final month. Oh, and he also scored a game winning run against a certain Boston Red Sox….
Obviously I don’t see him finishing the year hitting .370, but I can see him finishing around .280 with 25 home runs and 85 runs batted in. If that can happen, we are looking at Baltimore’s left fielder for the next few years.