O’s spring training: The 25 who will make it (#18)

March 24, 2010 | Drew Forrester

At some point, you have to report on Cesar Izturis if you’re doing a “25 who will make it” list for the 2010 Orioles.

Izturis is the team’s incumbent starting shortstop.

Deal with it.

He’s Mike Bordick.

In fact, Bordick’s career average is .260 and Izturis’ is .259.  Can’t get much closer than that.  And while Bordick was outstanding in the field, Izturis isn’t exactly chopped liver out there.  He made 8 errors in 112 games last year.

But the fact of the matter is this:  Izturis is not a threat at the plate.  He’s capable in the field, and occasionally capable at the plate, but he’s on the team because of his defense and his salary.

Odds he’ll be on the roster at the start of the season:  100%

Odds he’ll be on the roster at the end of the season:  100%

Odds he’ll be an effective contributor in 2010: 75%

Odds his name will be mentioned at the trade deadline in late July:  0%

Summary: Chances are very good Izturis will do what he always does.  He’ll hit in the .260 vicinity, field his position well, and once in a blue moon he’ll deliver a key hit.  He’s a pro’s pro.  I like the guy.  But I think the O’s can do better at one of the key positions in their lineup.

Drew’s projections for Izturis in 2010:

* .264 average

* 1 HR

* 33 RBI