OF Jake Ring, 31st Round Pick, Off to Great Start at Gulf Coast League

The Baltimore Orioles used several of their earlier round picks in this year's MLB Draft on pitchers, and rightfully so, but their 31st round pick, outfielder Jake Ring, is off to a terrific start with the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

Ring, 21, was selected out of the University of Missouri and is swinging a hot bat to start his professional career.

The left handed hitting Ring (also throws lefty), is playing with the GCL Orioles, a rookie-ball affiliation, and is currently leading the team in batting average.

Through his first 18 games as a professional, Ring is hitting .328 (20-61) with two doubles, one triple, seven RBI and has scored eight runs.

He is also showing a good eye at the plate having drawn nine walks and is currently boasting a .414 on base percentage.

Ring has also shown some speed having stolen three bases and has yet to be caught.

Over the 17 games in which he had an official at bat, Ring has picked up at least one hit in 14 of those games, and only once has he failed to reach base in a game in which he received an official at bat.

It's incredibly early in the season and his career, but it's nice to see a 31st round pick performing well right out of the schute.