Orioles Star Cedric Mullins Runs It Down & Talks All Things Baseball With MLBbro.com

Orioles Star Cedric Mullins Runs It Down & Talks All Things Baseball With MLBbro.com

Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Cedric Mullins has been one of the surprises of this MLB season. The former bunt master has expanded his game at the plate and is among league leaders in batting average, hits and OPS. He’s been the most consistent of the MLBbros this season and deserves a spot on the 2021 AL All-Star team, despite his Orioles’ last-place standing in a tough AL East.

Get to know the player we affectionately named “CM STORM

 

Must Be The Mullins: Orioles Advance To 3-0 Behind Centerfielder’s 5-Hit Game

Must Be The Mullins: Orioles Advance To 3-0 Behind Centerfielder’s 5-Hit Game

This Cedric Mullins cat is pretty damn good and despite his reputation as baseball’s best bunter, he does a lot more than lay em’ down. He walks down pitchers too, as evidenced by his going 5-for-5 while scoring three times in Sunday’s win over the Red Sox.

 

That perfect day followed a 2-for4 performance in a 4-2 win over Boston on Saturday.

 

 

Mullins is on fire and off to an electrifying start in his first full season in the majors. The 26-year-old speed demon is now 9-for-13 at the plate, making it a no-brainer for skipper Brandon Hyde to keep him in the leadoff spot.

He’s already making history.

 

Looks like we have another Black Knight breaking through in the game and establishing himself as a Soul Patroller of great impact. The left-handed hitter looks to stay hot as the Orioles travel to New York for a three-game series with the Yankees.

Don’t look now but the projected cellar dweller Orioles are 3-0. Must Be The Mullins.

Why Is Uber Talented Jahmai Jones Still In The Minors? | Only Thing Left For O’s To Lose Is More Games

Why Is Uber Talented Jahmai Jones Still In The Minors? | Only Thing Left For O’s To Lose Is More Games

The Baltimore Orioles have reached the halfway point of the year, and their season is all but over. But soaring above the ashes is a new bird named Jahmai Jones from Triple-A Norfolk, who is just waiting for the opportunity to spread his wings.

Before the groundswell of emotions started bubbling over, Jones, the primary second baseman for the Norfolk Tides, was sidelined from mid-May to early June with an oblique strain, but even that couldn’t stop his talent from shining.

 

 

Through 109 plate appearances, Jones has 33 hits, 20 RBI, 17 runs, six stolen bases, and four homers which accumulates to a batting average of .303, .430 on-base percentage, and an on-base plus slug percentage of .934.

If those numbers aren’t MLB ready, I don’t know what is.

 

 

Fans are screaming from the rooftop for the 16th ranked prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, to return to the show since his initial appearance took place with the Los Angeles Angels back in 2020 during the pandemic shortened season.

 

 

Jones was the 70th pick in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Angels, where he spent the first three years of his professional career as an outfielder in their farm system. He gradually rose to prominence as a trip to full-season ball came quickly in 2016, leading to an expeditious jump to High-A ball in 2017.

 

 

He later cemented himself at second during the 2018 and the 2019 seasons in the Arizona farm league before his initial call to the 40-man roster in 2020.

 

 

Jones has been upping his attributes through the minor league system for Baltimore. The 23-year-old has shown poise at the plate and in the dirt at second base. A position that desperately needs an upgrade on the O’s roster, as it’s been a turnstile with multiple players coming and going during the 2021 season.

Jones has shown his versatility while rocking the orange and black and was able to play 17 games at second base and a combined six games at the outfield corners before his untimely demotion. 

Besides fellow MLB bro and newly lamented All-Star Cedric Mullins, what do the Orioles have to offer their fanbase? Fans need a reason to tune in either in person or on TV and adding a player with the caliber of weaponry that Jones is displaying will indicate that hope and interest is on the way. 

The right-handers’ top-notch bat speed and blunt force power leave bruises on the cowhide consistently. Have the courage of your convictions and make the call. The only thing left to lose is more games.

Cedric Mullins Is An All-Star | Period, End of Story

Cedric Mullins Is An All-Star | Period, End of Story

New World bird soars ahead of Mid-Summer classic


 

The Baltimore Orioles may finish with the worst record in baseball this season. Still, the organization has a player on their roster worthy enough to send to Denver next month for the Midsummer Classic.

His name is Cedric Mullins AKA CM Storm. 

Through the first week and a half of the season, the Orioles outfielder had a batting average of .459, an on-base percentage of .512, and a slugging percentage of .676. 

 

 

Although still impressive, Mullins’ numbers took a hit at the plate in May as he slashed .255/.366/.396. When you’ve placed such a high bar on yourself, like most players, eventually, your numbers will begin to drop. 

Some blame the dip in production on the switch hitter’s batting from the right side of the plate.

Numbers indicate he would have a better chance at longevity if he eliminated one side of the dish by batting southpaw, and the stats have shown that batting lefty is ultimately his best side.

With the change, through the first 29 games of the season, April statistics indicated that Mullins led Major League Baseball in home runs and hits.

 

As the calendar transitioned from spring to summer, his bat and mental focus became impenetrable as pitchers could not cool him off.  

Through the first two weeks of June, Mullins has 12 hits out of 20 tries, totaling seven runs, four RBI, four walks, three homers, and zero strikeouts.

 

 

As of June 7, Mullins led the American League in hits after his previous two-game performance, where he went eight for nine with five runs, four RBI, and three home runs.

The man’s bat is hotter than fish grease.

Mullins continues to prove that his skill set is not one-dimensional, as his glovework has been astonishing in center field. Per Statcast, his Outs Above Average are top 10.

 

 

Fangraphs.com  has him ranked as the best center fielder regarding wins above replacement. Fellow MLB bro Byron Buxton is second on the list, followed by Mike Trout, putting Mullins in good company.

Let us not forget about his work on the bags as he currently has 10 stolen bases on 14 tries, tied for tenth in the big leagues. 

Teammate John Means told “The Leadoff Spot” on MLB Network Radio that Mullins is one of the most entertaining players to watch when he is on as he does everything so well.

Means said, “He will bunt, hit for power, plays defense, he is a gold glove caliber center fielder, it is incredible.” He continued, “I saw this coming up in the Minor Leagues as he was one of the best Double-A players I have ever seen as he does everything so well. I am glad he is starting to show.”

 

 

The potential All-Star is outer-worldly.  

Through 63 games, Mullins has accumulated 34 runs with 19 RBI to currently average .321/.387/.527. He has hit safely in eight of nine games in June, collecting 17 out of 36 hits.

The man’s hustle and love for the game have been on full display as he is looking like a guy who could hear his name called for a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger, and probably votes for the leagues’ Most Valuable Player at seasons end.

Mullins is living proof that one must learn to shine in defeat before basking in glory, as losing builds character. Overcoming challenging circumstances will someday make you a champion, and we here at MLBbro.com champion CM smooth as a 2021 MLB All-Star.