By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
Just as we did after the conclusion of the 2016 season, the writers here at Baby Birdland, as well as our primary photo supplier Patrick Cavey, all submitted a Top 15 list and we averaged those lists together to get our all encompassing Baltimore Orioles Top 15 Prospects list. Continuing on with our in-depth look at each of the Top 15 Orioles’ prospects, we have reached #7, outfielder Cedric Mullins.
Photo: Patrick Cavey
Bowie Baysox (Class-AA) outfielder Cedric Mullins is on the move, both in the Baby Birdland Top Prospect list and, more importantly, in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
Mullins, the Orioles 13th round draft pick in 2015, was fast tracked to Bowie this season bypassing a stop in Frederick (Class-A High). The move paid dividends immediately when he went 4 for 5 with a triple, a home run and 2 RBI in his Eastern League debut. He has continued to produce all season as was named Player of the Week on April 16th. Seemingly, the only that could slow down Mullins has been his hamstring.
Mullins was first placed on the Minor League DL on April 21st. At that time he was slashing .367/ .406/ .683 with 11 RBI and 4 home runs. Just as he did to start the season, Mullins homered in his return from the DL. Unfortunately, Mullins tweaked the hamstring a second time and was placed on the DL for a second time on July 8th. He is currently active and is slashing .323/ .360/ .538 with 25 RBI and 8 home runs on the season. The speedy outfielder also is 5 for 10 in stolen base attempts.
Defensively, Mullins is just as impressive. His 2017 fielding % is 1.000 over 116 total chances. For his career, Mullins has a .991 fielding % in 527 total chances.
I have seen Mullins play quite a few times and nothing he does surprises me. He is the total package: speed, pop in his bat and baseball smarts. This young man plays the game the right way: full speed, hard and intense all the time, every play. He consistently makes solid contact on offense and does not miss much on defense; he is averaging 2.76 putouts and assists per game.
Mullins is the future for the Orioles outfield and depending on what moves are made or not made by the MLB club should at the very least, be a September call-up. I see no down side to his playing the outfield in Camden Yards in 2018.
I highly recommend fans take a trip to Bowie and see firsthand why this young man is a highly ranked prospect. His play speaks for itself.