Will Middlebrooks

Cedric Mullins shows his range in Orioles' 9-6 split-squad loss to Phillies

Cedric Mullins shows his range in Orioles' 9-6 split-squad loss to Phillies

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...

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