It has been a memorable week for Orioles outfielder Ryan McKenna.
McKenna hit his first major-league home run July 25 in a 5-4 victory against the Washington Nationals. McKenna also scored on a sharp grounder by Ramon Urías for the winning run in that game.
McKenna recorded the first walk-off of his career when he drew a walk with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, scoring center fielder Cedric Mullins in an 8-7 victory against the Miami Marlins July 28.
“He’s an energetic player, takes competitive at-bats, plays outstanding defense and can play all three spots,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Really like his baserunning ability. He’s been fun to have in the club just because there’s a lot of life in how he plays. It’s fun to watch a young player continue to get better.”
McKenna was selected by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft. As the Orioles have dealt with injuries to their outfielders throughout this season, McKenna has gotten more opportunities, already earning a promotion from Triple-A Norfolk six times. He has gotten extended playing time with Anthony Santander dealing with COVID-19 issues.
McKenna had made an impact with the major-league club, even though the numbers are not gaudy. He is batting .198/.303/.267 with one home run, six RBIs and 13 walks in 52 games with the Orioles this season.
In his last full season in 2019, McKenna batted .232 (113-for-488) with 26 doubles, six triples, nine home runs, 78 runs scored, 54 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 135 games for Double-A Bowie He also hit .308 (8-for-26) with a double, a triple, five runs scored and an RBI in seven postseason games for the Baysox that year. McKenna finished tied for first in the Eastern League in games played (135) and runs scored (78).
“For me, I just want a consistent bat path and, you know, making sure I’m clean to the ball, and everything else will take care of itself,” McKenna said. “Whether it’s a double, single, or a homer, the consistency of the ball will be what will play best for me.”
Mancini Ignores Trade Talk, Lets Bat Do the Talking
First baseman Trey Mancini continues to be one of the Orioles’ most productive hitters and is the frontrunner for MLB Comeback Player of the Year.
In his last 11 games, Mancini has gone 16-for-45 (.356) with four doubles, one triple, three home runs, four RBIs, three walks, and nine runs scored. He has six multi-hit games during that stretch and the three homers in his last five games.
Impressive stats for a player who missed all of last season battling colon cancer.
While Mancini has been the subject of several trade talks, his preference is to remain in Baltimore and continue to be a part of the rebuild.
“I know how the business works, and this is a business,” Mancini said. “No one person is bigger than the organization, and that goes for me as well. And I’m aware of that, but also, I love the Orioles. I have been in the organization for over eight years now, which is even crazy for me to think about, how fast time goes.
“I do love it here. I’m comfortable here. I love this team and being a leader on this team, so I’m just going to keep doing that.”
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