What was originally thought to be a false alarm has now been confirmed: Ryan Mountcastle will be joining the Orioles for his major-league debut on Friday against the Red Sox, according to reports.
The No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline started speculations earlier this week when he posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing an Orioles’ uniform. In the end, Tuesday was not the big day fans had hoped for, so his post was quickly deemed a false alarm.
Now, three days later, Mountcastle is expected to make his debut in the Majors, which Orioles fans have been eager to see, especially throughout Chris Davis’ struggles.
In 2015, he was drafted by the O’s in the first round as a shortstop but spent the majority of last season at first base and left field with a little time at third as well. He hit .312 with 25 homers in 127 games for Triple-A Norfolk last season and was named organizational player of the year. He also won the International League MVP in 2019.
Mountcastle's call up likely means the continued decrease in playing time for Chris Davis, whose struggles have continued over the shortened 2020 season.
The O’s will turn to Mountcastle’s skills at the plate as they look to end their five-game losing streak against the Red Sox.