Cedric Mullins showed Saturday afternoon that he can cover some ground in center field.
The nonroster outfielder made the best defensive play of the game in the Orioles’ 9-6 road split-squad loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field, making a lunging catch to rob Jesmuel Valentin of a hit, then threw to first base to double up Will Middlebrooks to end the fifth inning.
Mullins, 23, sped from center field into the right-center gap and made a full-extension dive to snag Valentin’s ball before it hit the ground, then calmly got back to his feet and threw to first for the double play.
“We knew he was a good defender,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s a...