Ryan McKenna’s impact on a win, plus getting the draft picks going – Steve Melewski

He flashed some power, some speed and he flashed some defense in the outfield. He can fly on the bases.

Cedric Mullins, right?

Well, yes, but this time we are talking about his teammate, Ryan McKenna, who made a major impact on the Orioles’ 5-4 walk-off win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

McKenna scampered home from third base with the winning run in the last of the ninth and who else would you have wanted 90 feet away from winning the game than the fastest player on the team? And per Statcast, it is McKenna who is that. In sprint speed, feet per second, he covers 29.0 to lead the Orioles, just ahead of Mullins at 28.7 and Ryan Mountcastle at 28.1. McKenna’s sprint speed number ranks in the 94th percentile in the majors or the top 6 percent of all that run the bases.

But he began yesterday hitless his last 11 at-bats with a .167 batting average. While he has batted .269/.367/.582 (18-for-67) with nine extra-base hits (six homers, three doubles) in 17 games for Triple-A Norfolk this season, he was just 13-for-78 with two extra-base hits (a double and a triple) in 49 games for the Orioles.

But he was a difference-maker yesterday.

It has been an interesting few days for McKenna. Before Tuesday’s game at Tampa Bay, he was optioned to the minors, a tough decision for manager Brandon Hyde, who…

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