Ryan Mountcastle is an excellent example of the young and upcoming Orioles players who have so much potential to turn this team into a contender in the AL East.
Just as the warmer summer weather is starting to heat up, Mountcastle’s bat and defensive play are helping bring some heat to the O’s dugout. Earlier this season, Mountcastle was batting a lower but respectable .247.
There seemed to be some disconnect from his freshman 2021 season, where he brought the wood to the plate for the Orioles and blasted out a very respectable 33 homers. Maybe it’s the colder weather in April, or perhaps it was a bit of a sophomore slump, but Mountcastle’s early-season production fell off from his previous campaign.
Just as the flowers and trees are now in full bloom, heat has now been flipped over to A/C, and the days are getting longer, Ryan Mountcastle’s bat has almost magically come alive again. In the last seven days, Mountcastle has moved his batting average to .323 and his slugging average to a very respectable .839.
Even more impressive for Mountcastle are his ten hits and four homers in the last week, including a two-homer night against the Toronto Blue Jays this past Wednesday evening. One thing is for sure: Ryan Mountcastle is not afraid to swing the bat.
Any type of pitch coming down the middle of the plate is fair game for Mountcastle, who also hasn’t walked in the last seven days but does have 11 punchouts. Despite the higher strikeout rate, Ryan Mountcastle has turned his aggression at the plate into four dingers and eight RBIs; at the same time, he’s hammered ten doubles so far in 2022 as well.
Mountcastle’s bat and defensive play are heating up at a crucial team when the O’s need as much offensive production as they can get to have any hopes of making it to .500, let alone the postseason.