Baltimore Orioles' 6th Round Pick, SS Mason McCoy Impressing at the Plate for Aberdeen Ironbirds

The first year of professional baseball for a draft pick is always something that is interesting to watch as a fan. While that first season obviously does not make or break the player's career, it does tell you a little bit about the mental makeup of the player. Thus far, the mental makeup of shortstop Mason McCoy is not in question.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

McCoy, 22, was selected by the Orioles in the 6th round of the MLB Draft this summer out of the University of Iowa and thus far, he has been impressive at the plate.

As our contributing writer Nick Stevens pointed out in his draft spotlight of McCoy, he didn't get drafted in 2016 after his junior year, and that seemed to really ignite McCoy. He improved in every statistical category offensively his senior year and thus prompted the O's to take him in the 6th round.

With that fire, McCoy has not allowed the intimidation of profession baseball affect him. He has been absolutely terrific at the plate thus far for the Ironbirds.

Over 28 games and 90 at bats, McCoy has hit .322 with 11 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and has scored 20 runs. In addition, he has already drawn 17 walks and owns a .423 on base percentage.

His .423 OBP ranks among the top ranks fourth in the entire Orioles minor league organization (among players with at least 11 games played).

If not for the performance of catcher Ben Breazeale, McCoy may be the biggest offensive performer for the McNamara Division leading Ironbirds.

Perhaps what's most impressive (other than his ability to draw a walk) is that over 28 games, McCoy has only been held hit-less in nine of them, so it's not as though he has used a few big games to up his numbers.


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