By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
Spring Training 2017 has come to an end and the Baltimore Orioles’ 25-man roster is taking shape. Once the dust settles and the assignments, both major league and minor, are made Orioles fans will have a good idea of what the Front Office feels is the present and the future of the club. I am here to simplify the future for Orioles fans; keep an eye on outfielder Cedric Mullins.
Photo: Patrick Cavey
Please allow me to repeat that: keep your eyes on outfielder Cedric Mullins. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Mullins slashed .214/ .200/ .643 in 14 at-bats over 14 Grapefruit League games with four RBI, one double, one triple, one home run and one stolen base. His home run came off of Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.
Admittedly, the sample size is small but the impact Mullins has made is enormous. On Thursday’s MASN telecast, Executive VP of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette could not say enough good things about Mullins, “Probably the most impressive kid I saw all spring” said Duquette.
Duquette also reported that Mullins had hit a total of seven home runs in all of Spring Training (one of the home runs hit the centerfield batter’s eye area in a B-squad game) and that he had power to all fields. Duquette further opined that Mullins was probably the fastest player the organization had and went on to say that Mullins was slated to play in Bowie (Class-AA) this season.
In an earlier post on Mullins, I noted that he had caught the eye of manager Buck Showalter. This spring was no different, in fact it has been reported that Showalter gets a gleam in his eye when talking about Mullins. The 22 year-old switch-hitting outfielder “is going to be the O’s next impact leadoff batter” Showalter told Stan Charles of Pressbox this past week. It seems that no matter the conversation this Spring, Showalter has gone out of his way to include Mullins name and play in it.
Mullins has earned the praise and accolades coming from management and will no doubt prove that his skipping a level in the minors was warranted (played at Low-A Delmarva in 2016). I have no doubt his play will continue to speak for itself and that you will hear much more about him during 2017. Stay tuned to BabyBirdland for more on Cedric Mullins in the future. I for one am glad to have purchased tickets for the Baysox this season as it will allow me to report to you, the reader, on Mullins progress.
Once again, repeat after me: keep your eyes on Cedric Mullins. You will not regret it.