Up next on The Baltimore Battery Prospect Profiles Countdown is the No. 24 overall prospect, 24-year-old shortstop Mason McCoy.
McCoy’s scouting grades are as followed:
Scouting Grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 60 | Overall: 40
Mason McCoy was drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of the University of Iowa. He played two years of college ball and played Collegiate Summer ball during those two years.
McCoy batted an impressive .311/.381/.435 in his two seasons as a Hawkeye. In 117 games played in the NCAA, McCoy hit seven home runs and tallied 68 RBI.
After being drafted by the Orioles, McCoy played in 53 games for the Low-A Aberdeen IronBirds, where he hit over .300 and picked up 29 RBI. He performed so well, that he was selected as an NYP Mid-Season All-Star.
McCoy would spend his first full season in the Orioles organization in 2018 with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. He would end up playing in 124 games and hit four home runs with 47 RBI, even though his batting average dropped to .266.
In 2019, McCoy would play in a career-high 132 games between High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. In total, McCoy would finish the year with a slash line of .290/.345/.378, with four home runs and 48 RBI. He was also selected as an EAS Mid-Season All-Star.
Although McCoy finished the 2019 season with impressive offensive numbers, the No. 24 overall prospect is known mostly for his defense.
Between the shortstop and second base positions, McCoy would finish the season with a fielding percentage of .990 (2B) and .972 (SS).
To give you an idea of his defensive capabilities, McCoy finished the 2019 season with a better fielding percentage at second base than Jose Altuve (.972), Dee Gorden (.980), and Kolten Wong (.987).
After the completion of the regular season and the postseason in Bowie, McCoy participated in the Arizona Fall League, in which he finished with a .277 average. He was even selected to the Arizona Fall-Stars Game.
Going back to his offense, McCoy is not a power hitter at the plate. In his time in the Orioles farm system so far, McCoy has only hit nine home runs, compared to 51 doubles.
Unless he builds up some core strength, McCoy could be the perfect leadoff hitter for the major league club, especially since he has stolen 30 bases in his career up to this point.
It’s only a matter of time before we see McCoy in orange and black. Being 24 years old, McCoy will most likely start the 2020 season in Triple-A Norfolk. Don’t be surprised if you see him in the majors after the All-Star Break.
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