BALTIMORE, Md. - Last season, Ryan Mountcastle became the first Norfolk Tides player to win league MVP honors since 1997. As of Friday, he's in a different league.
The Baltimore Orioles called-up their No. 5 prospect prior to Friday's game vs. Boston. He will play left field and bat sixth in the lineup vs. the Red Sox, while making his Major League debut.
In a corresponding move, infielder Chris Davis was placed on the 10-day injured list.
In addition to winning the International League MVP award in 2019, Mountcastle was voted Baltimore's organizational player of the year. The 23 year-old hit for a .312 average with 25 home runs for the Tides.
According to MLB.com, he had been working out at the club’s alternate site in Bowie, Md., where the Orioles had been prioritizing plate discipline and getting him extra defensive reps in left field.