Wilson Betemit to rehab with Keys
*Betemit went 1-for-5 in his first rehab game with the Keys. Watch all five ABs here.Another Oriole is going to rehab at The Grove.
Wilson Betemit, a 10-year MLB veteran, is going to report to the Keys today, according to multiple reports. See two of them below:
Betemit hit .261 with 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 40 RBIs for the Orioles last season, his first with club, while primarily playing third base. He began his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Orioles last week, playing in five games and batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and three RBIs.
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Betemit suffered a pretty severe knee sprain on March 25 during a spring training game. Watch it here, but be warned, it’s a little bit ugly.
Betemit has played for seven teams, beginning his career with Atlanta. Named the Braves’ top prospect after the 2000 and 2001 seasons, Betemit played for Myrtle Beach in ‘01 (see above), slugging seven homers and driving in 43 runs while batting .277 with 20 doubles in 84 games. He also recorded the first inside-the-park home run in Pelicans history on June 11,
*Here’s Baseball America’s Top 20 Carolina League Prospects for 2001. Betemit’s at the top, former Key and Oriole Erik Bedard is 16 and MLB veteran Coco Crisp is at No. 20.
Here’s what they were saying about Betemit in 2001:
Betemit is a switch-hitter who can produce for average and power. It’s what he can do with the glove, however, that makes league managers believe he will be a success in the major leagues. Betemit has all the tools to win a Gold Glove at shortstop: size, arm strength and outstanding range.
He made so much progress with Myrtle Beach that Pelicans manager Brian Snitker envisioned him being part a regular of the Atlanta infield within the next two seasons. With Rafael Furcal at shortstop and Marcus Giles at second base, Betemit could fit in at third base, pushing Chipper Jones to the outfield permanently.
“He’s going to elevate his game wherever he’s at,” Snitker said. “Obviously, the tools are there.”
Salem manager Dave Collins likened Betemit to another Carolina League all-star shortstop: Tony Fernandez, who earned that honor in 1981–a year before Betemit was born. Fernandez went on to win four Gold Gloves with the Blue Jays.
Betemit needs to make some minor adjustments, such as drawing more walks and cutting down on his errors, but no one doubted he’ll become a star.
Betemit is the second Oriole to rehab with the Keys this season. Outfielder Steve Pearce was the first, playing two games at Harry Grove Stadium on July 29 and 30 before returning to Baltimore on July 31.