Thursday, October 29, 2020

Intelligent Conversation

2015 Orioles preview: Travis Snider

Must Read

Ngakoue, Bryant debut at Ravens practice while Ingram, Humphrey sit out

Edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue was suited up for the first time in Owings Mills on Wednesday.

Jimmy Smith expects latest edition of Ravens-Steelers to come down to defense

Baltimore ranks first in scoring defense while Pittsburgh is allowing the fewest yards per game in the NFL.

McPhee puts Ravens-Steelers ahead of Bears-Packers for NFL’s best rivalry

The veteran edge rusher spent three seasons with Chicago and said the play is more physical in the AFC North.
Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke Jones is the Ravens and Orioles beat reporter for WNST BaltimorePositive.com and is a PFWA member. His mind is consumed with useless sports knowledge, pro wrestler promos, and movie quotes, but he struggles to remember where he put his phone. Luke's favorite sports memories include being one of the thousands of kids who waited to get Cal Ripken's autograph after Orioles games in the summer of 1995, attending the Super Bowl XXXV victory parade with his father in the pouring rain, and watching the Terps advance to the Final Four at the Carrier Dome in 2002. Follow him on Twitter @BaltimoreLuke or email him at Luke@wnst.net.

With Opening Day just over three weeks away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2015 Orioles every day as they try to defend their American League East title this season.

March 9 – Adam Jones
March 10 – Chris Tillman
March 11 – J.J. Hardy
March 12 – Zach Britton
March 13 – Chris Davis
March 14 – Wei-Yin Chen
March 15 – Jonathan Schoop

OF Travis Snider

Opening Day age: 27

Contract status: Under club control through the 2016 season

Minor-league options remaining: None

2014 stats: .264/.338/.438, 13 HR, 38 RBI, 37 R, 1 SB, 359 PA

Why to be impressed: After years of trying to find his way in the majors, the former first-round pick exploded in the second half of last season, posting an .880 on-base plus slugging percentage to help Pittsburgh to its second straight playoff appearance. Much has been made about the departure of Nick Markakis, but Snider’s .438 slugging percentage last year was much higher than the veteran’s .386 mark.

Why to be concerned: Snider has experienced more failure than success in his major league career and even his breakout 2014 campaign included an underwhelming .660 OPS in the first half. The former Toronto Blue Jays prospect is traditionally a slow starter with a .677 career OPS before the All-Star break, so he’ll need to play good defense to remain in good graces if history repeats itself this year.

2015 outlook: With other outfield options in the mix such as Alejandro De Aza, Steve Pearce, David Lough, and Delmon Young, Snider will need to make the most of his opportunities to become a fixture in the lineup. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette hopes Snider experienced his breakthrough in the second half of 2014, but it’s too difficult to know what to expect from a young player who’s had such highs and lows. The Orioles hope he can match or be an upgrade to Markakis’ production for a fraction of the price, but Snider could also fizzle out yet again after showing positive signs last year.

Latest News

Ngakoue, Bryant debut at Ravens practice while Ingram, Humphrey sit out

Edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue was suited up for the first time in Owings Mills on Wednesday.

Jimmy Smith expects latest edition of Ravens-Steelers to come down to defense

Baltimore ranks first in scoring defense while Pittsburgh is allowing the fewest yards per game in the NFL.

McPhee puts Ravens-Steelers ahead of Bears-Packers for NFL’s best rivalry

The veteran edge rusher spent three seasons with Chicago and said the play is more physical in the AFC North.

Jackson says Ravens-Steelers about the cities as much as two teams

The Baltimore quarterback also called the Dez Bryant acquisition "tremendous" and couldn't wait to hit the practice field with the veteran receiver.

Harbaugh on Dez Bryant: “When and if he’s ready to go, he’ll be out there”

The Ravens head coach tried his best to temper expectations for the former Dallas Cowboy who hasn't played in the NFL since 2017.

More Articles Like This