Coby Mayo, a 2020 fourth-round draft pick by the Orioles, is of a unique breed of baseball player.
Standing at 6-foot-5, he has a build that can instill fear into opposing pitchers as he stands in the batters box staring back at the mound.
A graduate of Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the same school that produced Anthony Rizzo, Mayo was convinced by the Orioles to forego a commitment to the University of Florida to sign with the Birds and begin his professional career.
Since then, Mayo has done nothing but become the Orioles’ No. 7 prospect with his loud and long majestic home runs and above average defensive play at third base.
In Mayo’s first season in the Orioles’ minor league system, he would play 53 games, batting .319/.426/.555. Mayo would hit nine home runs and knock in 41 runs and would show off some speed by stealing 11 bases without getting caught.
Mayo would make the move to High-A Aberdeen to play with the IronBirds to start the 2022 season. Though not finding the same success as last year in the average department, Mayo is turning heads with his strong power numbers that continue to grow.
For Aberdeen this year, Mayo has 10 home runs across 37 games played, putting him ahead of last year’s pace. Of his 36 hits this season, 19 of them have been for extra bases, collecting one triple and eight doubles to go with his 10 homers.
Mayo is currently playing third for Abderdeen, though speculation is that he might eventually be moved to first base or left field. He possesses a strong arm and good physicality, which would help make a move from third base easier for someone with his traits.
The 20-year-old has helped lead Aberdeen to the best record in the SAL, as he powers his way through the High-A circuit. With summer starting to heat up, Mayo will be as well.
Mayo’s average is sure to come up, and his power numbers will only continue to rise. It’s a matter of time before we see Mayo get the call to arrive in Double-A Bowie.
Until then, we will take all the Mayo we can get!
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