In spring training this season, I didn't see anybody hitting the ball harder than Larry Bigbie, but by the time the season was over, Larry managed to get in 25 at-bats because of various injuries, including an abdominal hernia that required surgery. Bigbie, 29, had 63 at-bats in the minors while on three abortive rehabilitation assignments to include stints at Quad Cities and with the Springfield Cardinals.
A first round draft pick (21st overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 1999 that received a $1,200,000 signing bonus, Bigbie made his major league debut in June, 2001. He played in 83 games for the Orioles in 2003, batting .303/.365/.456 with nine home runs and 31 RBI.
His most productive season came in 2004 when he hit .280/.341/.427 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 139 games.
He was the Orioles Opening Day starter in left field for the second consecutive season in 2005 before eventually being traded to Colorado after spending his entire 7-year professional career at that point with Baltimore.
Bigbie who was an arbitration-eligible outfielder at the end of the season, could still be potentially be re-signed by St. Louis this winter as free agent.
While I still have doubts that Bigbie could be the everyday left fielder for St. Louis in 07 as I did in 06, he still could prove (if healthy) to be a valuable fourth or fifth outfielder for the World Champions, if he can regain the form that made him the Orioles starting left fielder in 04 and 05.