2016 31st Round Pick, OF Jake Ring is Off to a Tremendous Start in 2017

It's not often that a player selected in the last quarter of the MLB Draft grabs the attention of fans, but that's not going to be the case for Baltimore Orioles' outfielder Jake Ring. His bat and his arm are speaking loudly thus far in 2017.

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Ring, 22, was selected by the Orioles in the 31st round of the 2016 MLB Draft and has gotten off to a hot start in 2017 with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds.

Over 16 games this season, Ring is hitting a robust .397 with three home runs, nine doubles, three triples, 19 RBI and has scored 13 runs. In addition, he has also drawn seven walks and owns a .462 OBP and a 1.272 OPS.

He earned the South Atlantic League's first Player of the Week honor of the season when he hit .421 over his first nine games with one home run, seven doubles, three triples, 13 RBI and scored seven runs. He also posted a .450 OBP and a .842 slugging percentage.

One of the things that makes Ring so interesting is that he also brings speed to the picture and has stolen three bases in four attempts this season. Last year he stole 15 bags in 18 attempts with the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

I have seen a lot of O's minor leaguers over the past year and a half, and Ring has one of the better outfield arms in the organization. This year he has already recorded three outfield assists. 

Ring showed last season that he can hit. Over 51 games with the GCL Orioles last season, he slashed .278/ .365/ .337 with 21 RBI, 22 walks and 24 runs scored.

It should come as no surprise that his terrific start has implanted him among the league leaders in several categories thus far. Ring currently leads the SAL in OPS (1.272), doubles (9), triples (3), RBI (19 - also leads all Orioles' minor leaguers), total bases (47) and slugging percentage (.810). He also ranks fourth in batting average (.397) and sixth in OBP (.462).

While I do not believe he can keep up his current pace, I do believe he has the swing and mechanics to continue to produce at a high level and would not be surprised to see him get promoted to High-A Frederick at some point this summer, especially if Austin Hays finds his way to a promotion to AA Bowie.

Keep an eye out on Jake Ring and ignore the fact that he was drafted in the last quarter of the 2016 MLB Draft.

                                                                                                                                                       
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  1. Orioles Organizational Player of the Month for April 2017

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