3.) Nolan Reimold made it back to the big leagues.
This one might not make most Orioles fans’ lists, but it should. Nolan Reimold has been through a ton over the course of his seven-year career. Neck injuries have threatened to end the outfielder’s career on more than one occasion, and even when healthy, Reimold has had a hard time getting at-bats and sticking on a roster.
In 2014, Reimold played in the Orioles’ system, and spent a combined 29 games with the Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks. The uncertainty took a toll on the father of six, and he really wanted a return to Baltimore. The former top prospect got the return he desired, but it did not pay off initially. Despite a strong Spring Training, Reimold was ticketed for Triple-A, not exactly the place a 31-year-old wants to be when trying to restart his career.
The Orioles finally gave Reimold a chance, and he struggled initially after seeing sporadic at-bats. Things finally started coming together for the Bowling Green product in September when he got a chance to play. Reimold finished the year with a .247/.344/.394 line with six home runs and 20 RBIs. His 195 plate appearances and 61 games were the most since 2011.
There were not many positives in the second half for the Orioles, but Reimold has to be viewed as one. Seeing him healthy and producing was a sight for sore eyes. The soft-spoken outfielder is a class act who has worked hard to get back on the field. Hopefully the Orioles take advantage of another year of team control and bring Reimold back for more regular playing time in 2016.