BOWIE – Bowie Baysox left fielder Cedric Mullins has certainly gotten off to a hot start.
The 2015 13th-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles out of Campbell University has been seeing the ball well as of late.
He recently earned Eastern League Player of the week honors (April 6-16) after he hit safely in 10 games and notched six multi-hit games during that span. It marked the first time a Baysox outfielder received the honor since Julio Borbon did so in 2016.
However, the leadoff slugger has been out of commission after recently injuring his hamstring, but he should be back in action in a few weeks.
“It doesn't look like he will be coming back for this homestand, but we will probably test him out on the road against Richmond,” Bowie Baysox Manager Gary Kendall saod.
One of his strongest performances of the season was on Opening Night when he went 4-for-5 with a homerun, triple, two RBI and four runs scored. Mullins hit his first home run of the season in his first bat appearance of the year.
Ranked as the Orioles’ No. 26 prospect in the farm system by Baseball America coming into this season, Mullins is an intriguing player to witness.
Mullins started his minor league career in Aberdeen and has moved up the ranks each year making a move to Delmarva and finally with Bowie this season. The 22-year-old is on a tear with a .412 batting average with four homeruns, 21 hits, 16 runs and 11 RBI.
Defensively, Mullins covers a lot of ground in the outfield with impressive speed and acceleration in addition to his offensive tools.
“He had a very good spring training,” Kendall said. “He is a guy who can beat you in a lot of ways offensively. He causes havoc on the bases, has good instincts and he provides you a lot of stability.”
Last season, Mullins earned MiLB Organization All-Star honors and showed off his speed on the base path when he stole 30 bases in 36 attempts. He's already stolen three bags this year.
If the young standout keeps up this level of play, it shouldn't be long before he digs his cleats into the topsoil of Camden Yards.
“I think there is a good future in the game for Cedric. He's a heads-up player,” Kendall said.