By: Chris Dommermuth
It has been a long road back for Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, but he hit the ground running last night in his season debut and first game since May 16th last season while dealing with complications suffered from a concussion.
Roberts went 3-4 with an RBI in Tuesday nights season debut in the Orioles 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It left little doubt in people’s mind that Roberts would be rusty upon his return.
Roberts was once a top-5 second baseman and a guy who had more then 50 doubles in each of his last two full seasons. He was a guy who could score runs, steal bases, and provide some power.
That was then, this is now. He hasn’t played a more then 60 games in a season since 2009.
How much value can this guy have? Well for a team like the Orioles, he’ll provide some leadership to a young team that finds itself in the thick of the AL East race.
I also believe he has some value fantasy wise. The biggest question or concern of Brian Roberts wont be his age, it will be if he can play every day. The injury to the head doesn’t hurt his physical tools he used to have when he was a productive everyday player for the Orioles.
With second base still being such a weak fantasy position, I do believe he can be a productive second baseman. I see about 7-8 quality second baseman that should be kept over Roberts.
The others all have question marks surrounding them. I think taking a flier on Roberts would be a good move if he plays everyday. Keep monitoring his playing time and check how the Orioles use him. If he seems to be playing at least 5 games a week, taking a flier on him could provide plenty of upside.