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Coby Mayo has a near-flawless track record as a hitter. The corner infielder's age-21 season was a tour de force across Double-A and Triple-A, as he slashed .290/.410/.563 with 29 homers, a 24.1 K%, 15.1 BB%, 35.1 Hard% and 15.7 Soft% in 140 games. His groundball rate was below 36% at both stops, and Mayo had an elite 106.6-mph 90th percentile exit velocity at Triple-A. He doesn't have the most aesthetically pleasing swing, but from an impact and swing-decision standpoint, Mayo passes any evaluation with high marks. The two biggest knocks on him for fantasy are things that are outside his control. He hits right handed and Oriole Park at Camden Yards was 34% worse than league average for righty homers in 2023 and 19% worse than league average in 2022, per Baseball Savant. Last year, it was the third-worst park for righty power. Additionally, Baltimore will likely need to clear room ahead of him on the organizational depth chart via a trade in order for Mayo to see MLB time early in 2024. He appears to be big-league ready but with nowhere to play, making him a high-variance option in draft-and-hold formats. For instance, a Ryan Mountcastle trade would significantly increase Mayo's short-term appeal, but no such move is guaranteed. He saw more time at third base than first base in 2023, but he profiles best with this team at first base and designated hitter long term.

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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Back in action

    Mayo (ribs) returned from Triple-A Norfolk's 7-day injured list Tuesday and went 0-for-4 in the club's 9-5 loss to Lehigh Valley. Mayo spent about a month on the IL and completed his rehab assignment at High-A Aberdeen over the weekend. The infield prospect will likely need some time to get back up to speed at Triple-A, so he likely won't be an option for a promotion if the Orioles need to replace Jordan Westburg (hip) on the active roster.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Finishes rehab assignment

    Mayo (rib) completed his rehab assignment with High-A Aberdeen on Sunday, Jake Rill of reports. Mayo is set to rejoin Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday after he went 6-for-13 with three home runs and six RBI over four games during his rehab assignment with Aberdeen. The 22-year-old has been working his way back from a fractured rib he suffered May 16 and will look to carry his red-hot bat to Triple-A with him.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Commencing rehab assignment

    Mayo (rib) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Aberdeen, Jacob Calvin Meyer of The Baltimore Sun reports. Before Mayo fractured a rib after slamming into a dugout in pursuit of a catch May 16, he was hitting .291 with 13 home runs across 192 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk. He'll likely play a few games in Aberdeen and potentially with Double-A Bowie before he returns from Norfolk's 7-day injured list.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Lands on IL with fractured rib

    Mayo was placed on Triple-A Norfolk's 7-day injured list Friday due to a fractured rib, Roch Kubatko of reports. Mayo was removed from Thursday's game against Lehigh Valley after he collided with the dugout railing chasing a pop-up in foul territory. X-rays after the game revealed that Mayo suffered a fractured rib, and the 22-year-old is set to be sidelined for several weeks. Before the injury, he was slashing .291/.359/.605 with 11 doubles, 13 home runs and 37 RBI over 192 plate appearances at Triple-A.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Suffers injury after collision

    Mayo exited Thursday's game with Triple-A Norfolk after colliding with the third-base dugout, Rich Dubroff of reports. There aren't many details available about the incident, but Mayo's removal was termed as a precaution. Assuming he can make a quick return, Mayo could be nearing a promotion to the majors as he's posted an impressive .282/.353/.594 line across 190 plate appearances with Norfolk.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Sent to minor-league camp

    The Orioles reassigned Mayo to minor-league camp Friday, Matt Weyrich of The Baltimore Sun reports. Mayo slashed .326/.426/.544 with one home run and seven doubles this spring, but the competition for roster spots in Baltimore is stiff and he ultimately finds himself on the outside looking in. The 22-year-old should debut with the big club at some point in 2024.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Will focus on third base in camp

    Mayo will get most of his reps in big-league camp at third base, Roch Kubatko of reports. Mayo will also see time at first base and could work out in right field as well. The Orioles believe third base gives Mayo the quickest path to the majors, especially with Gunnar Henderson (oblique) limited to start the spring. That said, Mayo could require a little more time at Triple-A Norfolk before contending for a major-league spot. He slashed .267/.393/.512 with Norfolk over 62 contests after a midseason promotion in 2023.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: In control at Double-A

    Mayo is hitting .281 with a .400 OBP and seven home runs in 49 games for Double-A Bowie. The 21-year-old infielder has been the sixth-best hitter (149 wRC+) in the Eastern League and is one of the 10 youngest hitters on the circuit. Baltimore is overflowing with talented young position players in the majors and upper minors, so Mayo may not get a shot as soon as he's ready, either later this season or sometime next season. However, he looks like a future middle-of-the-order run producer capable of playing either corner-infield spot in addition to designated hitter.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Rehabbing in FCL

    Mayo (back) is set to begin a rehab assignment with the Orioles' Florida Complex League team this week, Andy Kostka of The Baltimore Sun reports. Mayo has dealt with back spasms throughout July, but he's progressed enough to return to game action. He's expected to need a few FCL games before returning to Double-A Bowie.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Battling back spasms

    Mayo left Friday's Double-A Bowie game due to back spasms, Andy Kostka of The Baltimore Sun reports. Mayo had only just joined Bowie on Monday, having hit .250/.326/.479 with 13 homers in 63 games for High-A Aberdeen to open the year. Whether or not the back issue represents anything more than a minor setback for the 20-year-old remains to be seen.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Spotty production in High-A

    Mayo is hitting .230/.298/.466 with 10 home runs, five steals and a 16:48 BB:K through 45 games for High-A Aberdeen. His power production has kept his line from looking too ugly, but Mayo's been quite streaky. Though he's gone 2-for-5 with a double twice in the last three games, he's still batted just .200/.286/.360 since posting his second two-homer game of the year back on May 19. Though there's certainly reason to be concerned with Mayo's walk rate dropping and strikeout rate rising from last season, he's also sitting on just a .254 BABIP, so there's some bad luck in play here. At just 20 years old, Mayo has plenty of time to get back on track both this year and in the coming seasons as his development continues.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Two-homer day in High-A

    Mayo went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers, four RBI and three runs Tuesday for High-A Aberdeen. This just goes to show you how much small sample sizes can skew results early in the season, as Mayo came into Tuesday's game hitting .232/.313/.429 and exited it at .262/.333/.541. Mayo looked good while making his pro debut last year, and it seems like he's adjusting well to a higher level of play. There's no need for the Orioles to rush the 20-year-old third baseman through the organization, so it's likely that he'll spend much of the 2022 campaign at High-A.
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  • Orioles' Coby Mayo: Gets call to Low-A

    The Orioles promoted Mayo from the rookie-level Florida Complex League to Low-A Delmarva on Monday, Steve Melewski of reports. Mayo was one of several prospects at all levels of the Orioles' farm system that received a promotion Monday. The No. 103 overall pick in the 2020 first-year player draft compiled a 1.005 OPS across 25 FCL games.
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