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Awaiting Austin Hays’ Call-Up

August 23, 2018 - 9:40 am

By Austin Medina  

The Orioles rebuild has taking on a whole new definition. The ball club is an incredible 51.5 games back of first-place in the division. They have 90 losses already and still have 35 games to play.

In September, players on each team’s 40-man roster are eligible to be called up to help major league teams. Though Baltimore has little to play for, September would be a great time to show fans some of the prospects talent.

Cedric Mullins has already been called up and he has been impressive.

Mullins moved into center field, as veteran Adam Jones slid over to right field. The future of Jones in Baltimore is in question, even this late into the season. Additionally Mark Trumbo is nursing a knee injury, as he has been placed on the 10-day DL.

According to an article by Bleacher Report, a player call-up to watch is Austin Hays. Before a shoulder injury this year, Hays smacked 32 homeruns along with a .329 batting average and 95 RBI.

The Orioles could see Hays’ potential going into the 2019 season and perhaps get something in return for Jones without worry. Why continue with Craig Gentry when the O's are clearly looking towards the future? Time to start developing the young talent, starting this September. 

It’s important to note that newly-acquired prospect Yusnial Diaz isn’t on the 40-man roster as it currently stands. Diaz is the top piece acquired in the Manny Machado trade.

Eventually, an outfield made up of Diaz, Mullins and Hays would make for a terrific trio. 

If for nothing else, the Orioles games going forward should be showcases for rising prospects in their farm. The farm, which has increased significantly from the plethora of deadline deals, could be serve as a positive for Orioles fans.