Peguero one of many outfielders competing

Peguero one of many outfielders competing
January 28, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Francisco Peguero is one of many outfielders competing for a job with the Orioles this spring. Is there anything that sets him aside?

Peguero is on the 40-man roster while several of his competitors aren’t, but that can change quickly. He’s also a right-hander, so it’s likely he’ll be competing with Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce for a spot.

If Reimold isn’t healthy, Peguero, who is out of options, may have a chance. If he is healthy, Peguero may be out of luck.

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Peguero played in 35 games for the San Francisco Giants the last two years. He’s played mostly left field, which is a position of need for the Orioles.

In two years, he’s batted .200 with a home run, but in the minors, Peguero hit over .300 in four of the last five years. In 2013, Peguero hit .315. He’s an aggressive hitter, and at 25, he hasn’t gotten much of a shot in the majors.

If Delmon Young doesn’t pan out, it’s possible that Peguero could make the team as a right-handed designated hitter with a strong March.