Could the Orioles be headed toward a logjam in left field? It's looking that way.
Felix Pie is clearly still developing, but it seems he's doing it in the major leagues whereas his future competition is developing in the minors.
It's no secret, Norfolk outfielder Nolan Reimold is putting up impressive offensive numbers. The 25-year-old was named International League Player of the Week last week after posting four multi-hit games in seven days.
Throw Lou Montanez into the mix. The former Cubs first-round draft pick was called up to Baltimore last week mainly because of his big league experience and hot bat, but if he can play well defensively, Montanez could battle Pie for playing time.
A spectacular catch by Montanez against the Rangers over the weekend proves the leftfielder has improved his defensive play dramatically. The organization knows Montanez can hit, and his commitment to improve defensively has not gone unnoticed by Dave Trembley.
On the flip side, Trembley and Andy MacPhail are going to give Pie every opportunity to succeed. They gave up starting pitcher Garrett Olson for the left-handed outfielder.
Lately Pie has taken a lot of extra time in the batting cage with Terry Crowley and gotten some defensive instruction from former O's outfielder John 'T-Bone' Shelby.
It's Pie's job to lose.
Lucky for the Orioles, an overabundance of good leftfielders is a good problem to have.