The Baltimore Orioles are in the middle of a complete club rebuild from top to bottom. While the big league club is still growing, one thing that can be certain is that the O’s have a young star in the making in Ryan Mountcastle.
The O’s first round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, the anticipation in Mountcastle’s growth as we awaited his arrival has been one of marvel. He was drafted as a six-foot-four, 230-pound shortstop; our future starting shortstop, a thought that crossed many of our minds with the hype that came in with him.
Watching him grow, we saw that Mountcastle played shortstop, moved to third base and then first base, before switching to left field to give the Orioles depth in the outfield.
He moved through the minor league system, collecting 612 hits, 137 doubles, 70 home runs, and 274 RBI across four seasons and 524 total games. He culminated his minor league career with the 2019 International League Most Valuable Player Award by batting .312 with 25 home runs and 83 runs knocked in across 127 games (2019 was the final season the award was given out).
Baltimore decided to bring Mountcastle up to the majors in 2020, and he took the league and Oriole fans by storm. Over the course of the last 35 games of the season, we witnessed why Lord Mountcastle was a first round pick. He tallied 42 hits, having the most multi-hit games by an Orioles player over that time frame. He also had five home runs and 23 RBI, leading many fans to think our new phenom was here to stay.
The start of the 2021 season had many fans holding their breath, as Ryan got off to a tough start, batting just .198 through the first month of the season. He also had only one home run and seven RBI in 25 games. Needless to say, fans were scratching their head wondering what would was going wrong for the 24-year-old.
Than came the month of May, where improvement slowly started to show. In one less game, Mountcastle quadrupled his home run total and tripled his RBI total, while batting .256 for the month.
Lord Mountcastle introduced the world to the star we knew we had in the month of June. Across 27 games, Mountcastle erupted to the tune of a .327 batting average, raising his season average to .263. He also had 13 extra base hits, which included nine homers, bringing his season total to a team-tying 14 for the year. He came into the month with 21 RBI and has now more than doubled that, as he has moved to second on the team with 46.
Mountcastle’s heroics didn’t go unnoticed, as Major League Baseball has named Ryan as the American League Rookie of the Month for June. Ironically, as Mountcastle improves so has the Orioles offense, making not only the club, but Mountcastle as one of the tougher outs at the plate.
As Ryan Mountcastle goes on, the Orioles will as well. The fans of Baltimore are seeing what the long awaited future is bringing, and it’s time to appreciate the young slugger. Heck, Major League Baseball is starting to see what the O’s have in front of them.
Congratulations, Lord Mountcastle! ⚔
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