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Orioles prospect season in review: Cedric Mullins

Mullins has excelled in three professional seasons as he climbs the minor-league ladder. If the trend continues, Baltimore is likely in his future come 2018 or 2019. 

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Cedric Mullins was the Orioles 13th round pick in the 2015 June Amateur Draft from Campbell University in North Carolina. His full name is Boyce Cedric Mullins, he is a switch hitter, throws left and checks in at 22 years old and a solid 5’8”, 175 pounds.

There are scouting reports on Mullins that will get you excited in a hurry. Per MLB.com, he “is looking more and more like a future top-of-the-order center fielder” and “has above-average raw power to all fields and consistently pounds the gaps.”

Their take adds that Mullins has a game “built on his plus speed and feel for hitting. He’s more advanced from the left side of the plate, with enough bat speed to turn on plus velocity and barrel control that enables his use of the entire field.”

All of that sounds good, and frankly, his stats and march through Aberdeen, Delmarva and Bowie back up the praise.

In 2017 at Double-A with the Bowie Baysox, Mullins posted a batting line of .268/.319/.460 with 13 home runs, 37 RBI and 9 stolen bases. He was limited to 76 games because of two disabled list stints for hamstring problems, but those issues appear behind him.

As noted in a Spring Training profile on Camden Chat, Mullins has also received positive comments from Buck Showalter on a number of occasions. Showalter commented that “he’s a guy who catches your attention. He’s a good little player, He’s strong. He can do a lot of things. He’s fun to watch.” High praise from the O’s skipper.

The piece also recounted a hilarious interview Showalter gave 105.7 The Fan earlier this year.

Showalter said, “We’re in spring training this year, and I don’t know if you remember it, but we lost seven, eight, nine games and I knew it didn’t really mean a whole lot supposedly, but it wasn’t fun. I don’t like walking off the field and the scoreboard saying someone scored more runs than the Orioles. I don’t care if it’s tiddlywinks. And I talked to Brian Graham, our farm director, and said ‘Hey Brian, I want you bring someone over here with a little piss and vinegar…someone with some get up and go, someone who is gonna bring some energy to the game that’s happy to be over here that’s really gonna, ya know, get after it.’ Not that they weren’t, it’s just that they were afraid to make a mistake. He goes “I got just the guy for ya.” We brought Cedric, he’s about 5-8, switch hitter.”

In 2016, his second season in professional baseball, Mullins played for the Delmarva Shorebirds and hit .273/.321/.464 with 14 home runs, 55 RBI and 30 stolen bases. In his debut season with the Aberdeen IronBirds, Mullins was .264/.333/.375 with two homeruns, 32 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Overall in three professional seasons and 268 games, Mullins has slashed .268/.323/.441 along with 29 home runs, 124 RBI and 56 stolen bases. Impressive and consistent. There is no doubt about that.

Time will tell if Mullins has a future place roaming the outfield in Camden Yards. But after his first three minor league seasons, he is clearly heading in the right direction and has the attention of Baltimore management.

Tomorrow: Ryan Mountcastle