If you’ve made it this far into the article, and haven’t turned it away due to your possible love for Ryan McKenna, hear me out… I too love the Baltimore Orioles speedster, but I think he needs more time to learn big-league hitting.
Unlike Baker, I don’t want him gone, gone. Just back to the minors for someone else. His speed is something that would certainly be missed, but I truly believe that Kyle Stowers could be the immediate replacement for McKenna for the now.
2 players the Baltimore Orioles should ditch before the All-Star Break
McKenna has starting hitting a lot better, and honestly can get much better from going back to Triple-A because he has clearly mastered the art of hitting there. Remember, this is me thinking out loud, and if it came down to a 1v1 swap, I want to see more of Kyle Stowers over more or Ryan McKenna.
Should the Baltimore Orioles keep him around in the organization? Absolutely, because I think he will have a critical part in the rebuild moving forward, just not right now. We need to see how Stowers can play, and maybe even some others from the minors, and then go from there.
I cannot emphasize this enough, I DO NOT WANT RYAN MCKENNA GONE, he just needs to be ditched from the big club for now. If you want to have a true rebuild, you need to see what you have at the lower levels and challenge them. This is the Baltimore Orioles chance to do that, and see what the rest of the 2022 season will look like.