The accolades keep rolling in for the Baltimore Orioles’ Cedric Mullins. Tonight he was awarded his first ever Silver Slugger award. It couldn’t have gone to a better player, nor a more humble man.
Mullins hit .291 in 2021, with 30 homers and 59 RBI. He also had 175 hits on the year. This as the Orioles’ starting center fielder.
Perhaps the most inspiring part of Mullins’ story is the fact that he was sent back to the minors in 2019. In doing so, Mullins proved not only his talent, but his work ethic. His on-base percentage in 2019 (at the big league level) was .181. In 2021 it was .360. This also after improving to .315 last year (over 60 games). That’s a heck of an improvement.
End of the day, this award is indicative that the Orioles’ rebuild is working. The organization has depth now, and the “young guys in the minors” are starting to become the next generation of great Orioles. Stay tuned, good things are happening!