Pete Orr, much like Michael Martinez, just completed his third year in the Phillies organization. Unlike Martinez, the perception of Orr is that he could be a contributor of something positive; at least, that he could contribute more than Martinez, which shouldn’t be difficult. Like, at all.
Luckily, Orr does have an OPS roughly .100 better than Mini-Mart, but that’s more damning with faint praise than exculpatory. Consider the two players since the start of the 2011 season, when both arrived in Philly, at the Major League level:
Two things here: 1.) Michael Martinez is irreperably terrible and 2.) Orr shouldn’t even make it look that close a comparison. Orr hasn’t hit a home run for the Phillies and has still managed to strike out at a clip above 20 percent in red pinstripes (45 times in 160 PA).
But back to 2013 on its own for a second. Orr did not drive in a run. He was on base six times in 22 PA (.273 OBP), managed to still commit an error in just 35.1 innings in the field because of course he did, and was a non-factor in almost every way. He didn’t drive in a run with any of his four singles – he also only had four PA with men on base – and none of those singles came after the sixth inning despite nine of his 22 PA coming in innings seven on.
It’s a tragedy of small samples, but what’s done is done. You could point to Orr’s .258/.300/.385 line in Lehigh Valley as some sort of saving grace if minors performance is included (something I’m not doing with any of these), but that’s just more faint praise.
It didn’t work, and it hasn’t worked, save for a .472 BABIP-fueled 2012 which still saw Orr strike out in nearly a third of his PA. The rest of the staff is forgiving; I am not.