Mullins was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Mullins received a promotion after putting together a solid .315/.362/.518 batting line with six home runs, 28 RBI and eight stolen bases through 48 games at Double-A Bowie. If he continues to produce at the plate, he'll likely get a shot in the big leagues this season.
Mullins will open the season at Double-A Bowie, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports.
He was an above league average hitter (109 wRC+) in 76 games at Double-A last year, so it's a little surprising that he wasn't assigned to Triple-A. The Orioles obviously think Mullins has some things to work on at Double-A, and they also have players ahead of Mullins who need everyday at-bats at Triple-A. The 23-year-old outfielder has an intriguing blend of power and speed, but is unlikely to ever hit better than .260 or .270, an is more likely to settle in as a .245 or .255 hitter in the majors.
Mullins earned an invite to spring training but was never truly a major-league candidate with only 76 games of Double-A experience under his belt. The 23-year-old could return to Double-A Bowie after an injury-plagued 2017 season in which he slashed .265/.319/.460 with 13 home runs in 309 at-bats, but he's likely to find his way to Triple-A Norfolk at some point this season.
Mullins was invited to attend Baltimore's big-league camp as a non-roster invitee, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Injuries were an issue for Mullins during the 2017 season, as a lingering hamstring ailment limited him to just 76 games at Double-A Bowie. Over said games he hit .265 with a .779 OPS. While he wasn't able to play for much of the season, Mullins managed to display his power and hit 13 home runs.
Mullins returned to the MiLB disabled list for the second time this season due to a hamstring injury, Steve Melewski of MASN Sports reports.
Mullins was activated in early June after more than a month on the shelf due to a hamstring strain. The prospect reportedly suffered from spasms last week that landed him back on the DL. When healthy, Mullins has hit .318/.356/.543 over 42 games with Double-A Bowie.
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