By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr
Landing in the #5 spot of our pre-season Top 15 Prospect List is outfielder Cedric Mullins. Mullins, long a favorite of this writer and of Baby Birdland, has been the subject of multiple pieces on this site; they can be found <HERE>.
Photo: Patrick Cavey
Mullins was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round (403 overall) of the 2015 draft out of Campbell University in North Carolina. During his three seasons in the organization he has produced a .268/ .323/ .441 slash line with 116 extra-base hits, 29 home runs and 124 RBI while stealing 56 bases in 73 attempts.
This past season Mullins slashed .265/ .319/ .460 with 33 extra-base hits, 13 home runs and 37 RBI for the Bowie Baysox (Class-AA) and successfully stole 9 bases in 16 attempts. The season was marred by two trips to the disabled list for hamstring issues, however. Most notably, Mullins homered on Opening Day as well as the first game back from his first trip to the disabled list.
The switch-hitting outfielder is better from the left side of the plate and drives the ball to all fields while displaying a tendency to be a pull-hitter.
Mullins is a dynamic player who is as good with the glove as he is with the bat. Sporting a career .992 fielding percentage in 598 total chances, Mullins produced a 1.000 fielding percentage in 226 total chances in 2017.
I have seen Mullins in action many times and can say he makes it all look easy and he never leaves anything on the field; he is all-out hustle and effort on every play. His preparation for the 2018 season is all-out as well, as this <VIDEO> shows.
Mullins has received an invite to the Major League camp for Spring Training and I have no doubt he will represent himself well while there. At the very least I anticipate him playing in Norfolk (Class-AAA) for the Tides as a member of a dynamic outfield with D J Stewart and possibly Austin Hays.
A September call-up is certainly in the cards for 2018 as well. Orioles’ fans may very well see Mullins patrolling the Oriole Park at Camden Yards outfield in 2019 based on possible roster openings due attrition.
Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to unveil our Preseason Top 15 Prospects list and check out those that have been revealed thus far on our Top 15 Prospects page!