Don't generalize a player based off of 200 unsuccessful major league at-bats. Look at Steve Clevenger's minor league statistics. He's hit wherever he's been. His lowest average at one minor league affiliate is .304. His career minor league batting line is .311/.373/.428. Clevenger is probably one of the players I look forward too seeing play the most. I've been suggesting him as Baltimore's left-handed-platoon. The Orioles have insisted Urrutia is not ready, Colvin did not pass his physical, Baltimore passed on Brett Wallace, no trade looks imminent. Xavier Paul and Steve Clevenger look to be the strongest options, which is sad. Nolan Reimold
actually has better splits against RHP, so he's probably the option at this point though, with Delmon Young/Steve Pearce hitting against LHP. Regardless, I project Clevenger to be much better than Baltimore's back-ups in recent years.
Johnny Monell hit well (.275/.364/.494) for the Giant's AAA affiliate last year, but that was in the PCL. I'd like to see what he can do in the International League. Brian Ward
should get a good amount of playing time for AAA in 2014, but he's never even touched AAA yet, so he isn't a back-up candidate at this point yet. If Baltimore could combine Caleb Joseph's offensive game and Brian Ward's defensive game, the Orioles would probably have a pretty good prospect. But, Caleb Joseph probably won't be all that much of a catcher anymore with Monell and Ward both in AAA with him. He could be useful as a utility player at some point, but he needs some time in AAA first.