The Baltimore Orioles called up outfielder Cedric Mullins from Triple-A Norfolk and designated infielder Danny Valencia for assignment, the club announced Aug. 10.
Mullins wasn't on the Orioles' 40-man roster previously, so his contract had to be selected. Designating Valencia created spots on the 40-man and 25-man rosters.
will play center field
for the Orioles during their game against the Boston Red Sox Aug. 10. Longtime center fielder Adam Jones will play right field
for the first time during his tenure in Baltimore
Mullins, 23, hit .313/.362/.512 during 218 plate appearances for Double-A Bowie this year. He was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk in late May. He hit .267/.332/.425 during 267 plate appearances for the Tides.
Mullins was drafted during the 13th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Campbell University (N.C). The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Mullins quickly became one of the Orioles' more intriguing prospects thanks to his defensive aptitude in center field and his ability to hit for contact and power.
Mullins has a chance to immediately improve a Baltimore defense that has struggled to turn balls in play into outs. He should represent a defensive upgrade in center to the 33-year-old Jones, while the latter is an upgrade in right field to the cast of characters who've played in right this year, including Mark Trumbo and Valencia.
Valencia hit .263/.316/.408 during 282 plate appearances this year. The Orioles may be able to find a trade partner for him; he's a career .312/.370/.494 hitter against left-handed pitching.
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