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Nolan Reimold is congratulated by teammates after hitting a game-winning, three-run home, May 27, 2009, in Baltimore

Outfielder Nolan Reimold hit .319/.414/.393 as a college freshman in 2003. The next year, he increased his home run total from 1 to 13 and hit .404/.493/.749, finishing third in the Mid-American Conference in average and making the All-Conference team. In '05, hed led the Conference in homers (20) and batted .360/.496/.770. He lost the batting title by one point to Andy Hudak and was 2 RBI behind leader Paul Frietch. He had the best slugging percentage in NCAA Division I and Baseball America named him as a third-team All-American DH.

He was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the second round of the 2005 amateur draft, the 61st overall pick, and signed by scout Marc Ziegler for a $590,000 bonus. He made his pro debut that summer with the Aberdeen IronBirds, hitting .294/.392/.500 with 9 homers (a team record) and 30 RBIs before being promoted to the Frederick Keys, where he hit .265/.371/.554 with 6 home runs in 23 games. Baseball America named him the top prospect in the New York-Penn League. He returned to Frederick in 2006 and hit .255/.379/.455 while slugging 19 homers and driving in 75 runs. He went 0 for 1 as a backup for the USA in the 2006 Futures Game.

Reimold hit .306/.365/.565 for the 2007 Bowie Baysox, only playing 50 games due to injury. In 2008, he returned to Bowie. Now healthy, he batted .284/.367/.501 with 29 doubles, 25 home runs, 87 runs and 84 RBI, joining with Jeff Nettles, Lou Montanez and Matt Wieters in producing for Bowie the best offense in the Eastern League. Nolan led the EL in games (139), was second in homers (one behind Montanez), second in runs (3 behind Montanez), second in extra-base hits (57, 6 behind Montanez), second in total bases (254, 17 behind Montanez), 4th in slugging and 5th in RBI. He was named to the EL All-Star team as an outfielder alongside Montanez, Wilkin Ramirez and Travis Snider.

Reimold began 2009 with the Norfolk Tides and was batting .394/.485/.743 with 9 homers and 27 RBI after 31 games. He was then called up to the majors to replace Bob McCrory on the roster.

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