Andruw Jones

Cedric Mullins bet on himself and now gets shot to lead next wave of Orioles' young talent

Cedric Mullins bet on himself and now gets shot to lead next wave of Orioles' young talent

Long before Cedric Mullins became the Orioles' center fielder of the future — let alone the first in what they hope is a wave of blossoming young talent to join a team that desperately needs it — there was an exchange that stuck with the dynamic, then-junior college outfielder.

"I want to give you a shot," Orioles scout Rich Morales told him.

"That's all I want," the switch-hitting Mullins said.

As Mullins, 23, recalled that conversation last spring with Double-A Bowie, where he was on a tear that made the major league call he received Friday seem imminent before a severe hamstring injury wrecked that chance a year...

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