Baltimore Orioles' outfield prospect Cedric Mullins has been on a tear for the Bowie Baysox this season, constantly remaining in the top-10 of every hitting category in the Eastern League. Mullins also received the Player of the Week Award for the period of April 6-16.
Unfortunately, he went on the disabled list last week after tweaking his hamstring.
“Getting better day by day. Just taking it real slow,” Mullins said. “Definitely not something you want to rush back into. Just have to make sure I don’t hurt it again.”
Since Mullins went on the DL last week, the Baysox have posted a 2-4 record while hitting .313 as a team. Despite racking up 71 hits over six games during Mullins’ absence, the Baysox have put up four one-run games, a feat the team didn’t manage while Mullins was in the lineup. But when you don’t have the Eastern League’s second best slugger (.683) it leaves a negative impact.
Mullins begged to differ, sticking up for his teammates in and out of the clubhouse.
“The energy is great,” Mullins said. “We got a lot of great guys and all of them play hard. Playing for the win. Just taking it one day at a time. It’s a long season so we have to grind out some tough days, but everything will come together.”
To make the Orioles roster as an outfielder is a difficult task for anyone in their minor league system. Veterans such as Adam Jones, Seth Smith, Mark Trumbo and Craig Gentry do not make the dream any easier. And with young guys like Joey Rickard and Hyun-Soo Kim, the task seems near impossible.
It’s just a matter of continuing to play hard,” Mullins said. “And when the time comes, be excited for that moment.”
Last season for the Shorebirds (Single-A), Mullins hit .273/.321/.464 with 14 home runs and 55 runs batted in. Mullins described how he’s improving his game by.
“(I'm) just continuing to make strides and learn how to prepare during the offseason. That’s probably the biggest key to that. Knowing when to let your body rest and how much rest your body needs.”
Mullins commented further saying, “I know I continue to run throughout the year to prevent situations that I’m in right now. That’s probably the biggest thing.”
The Orioles' organization has shown nothing but love to one of their highest rated prospects.
“Being with those guys during spring training they definitely help calm your nerves about being around them,” Mullins said. “They remind you that it’s baseball and that it’s a game and it’s played the same throughout whatever level you’re at.”
Although the Orioles and Pirates are not a rivalry, the North Carolina native is adapting to the Maryland lifestyle and already has an inner disregard for anything Pittsburgh built into him.
“I don’t even know what a pierogi is,” Mullins said. “So I’m going with a Maryland steamed crab.”
If you’re from Maryland, you should be giving this young and talented prospect two thumbs up and your full undivided attention.