Ten reasons to look positively on the 2015 Baltimore Orioles season

10. Nolan Reimold returned and produced when given a chance to play.

For years, the Orioles and their fan base have been left wondering whether or not the 32-year-old, former second round pick would ever be able to stay on the field. In the middle of the 2014 season, a fully healthy Reimold was waived by the Orioles and ended up playing 29 games for the Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Orioles had no spot on the Major League roster for the former top prospect, and let him go in search of an opportunity with another club. Reimold was not able to stick with either of the two clubs that picked him up, and was looking for a job again in 2015.

Reimold latched back on with the Orioles and was sent to the minors for a few months before eventually being called up. Once called up, the Orioles still had a glut of corner outfielders, and Reimold struggled to get at-bats. In September, with the Orioles only marginally in contention for a playoff spot, Buck Showalter finally began penciling Reimold into the lineup, and he did not disappoint. In 22 games, Reimold slashed .274/.391/.466. For the season, his .344 OBP would have ranked third on the Orioles with enough plate appearances. Finally healthy, Nolan Reimold proved he still has the tools to be an everyday player. The Orioles situation in the outfield is still unsettled, but Nolan Reimold may have done enough in September to show that the everyday job in left field should be his in 2016.

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