Mullins went 2-for-6 with an RBI in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Mullins continued his solid audition for a sizable role in 2019, leading off for the 29th time in 35 starts and, after this multi-hit effort, is batting .277/.353/.431 in 155 plate appearances since his callup. Though he only has stolen two bases in that time, he totaled 21 over 108 minor-league games this season, and if the O's decide to hand him a near-everyday role for 2019, he would have late-round fantasy value for swipes potential.
Mullins has been one of the few bright spots in the second half for an Orioles squad trending toward its worst season in franchise history. The four hits were a new career high for the outfielder, who had previously tallied a trio of base hits on two occasions in August shortly after being promoted from Triple-A Norfolk. The 23-year-old, who is batting .276 with 12 extra-base knocks in 132 plate appearances since his callup, should continue to serve as the Orioles' regular leadoff man over the final two weeks as he looks to strengthen his case for a full-time role in the big leagues in 2019.
Mullins is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Mullins is 0-for-13 with five strikeouts over his last three starts, so he'll head to the bench to clear his head while Joey Rickard picks up a start in center field.
Mullins went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 9-2 loss to the Royals.
The rookie returned to action from a hip injury with a bang, leading off the game with his third homer of the year. Mullins now boasts a .317/.386/.556 slash line through his first 18 big-league games, but as yet the speed he flashed in the minors hasn't translated to the majors -- after going 21-for-22 on stolen base attempts this season between Double-A and Triple-A, Mullins was caught stealing on his first and so far only attempt with the O's. Assuming his hip is now 100 percent, however, he could see more green lights in September.
Mullins (hip) is starting in center field and hitting leadoff Friday against the Royals, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
As expected, Mullins has been cleared to rejoin the starting nine after getting a few days off to work past the hip injury he suffered last weekend. The 23-year-old is hitting .305/.379/.492 with two homers across 17 big-league games since earning a promotion earlier in the month.
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