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Meet Ryan McKenna ... or is that Tony Stark?

'Mini Macks' dishes on celebrity look-alike, favorite meal, best baseball memory and more to MLB.com
@JoeTrezz
February 23, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The future is the theme of Orioles Spring Training this year, with nearly half of the club’s top prospects in camp with the team. That’s a lot of fresh faces, many of whom should arrive in Baltimore before long. Each week, MLB.com will sit down for a

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The future is the theme of Orioles Spring Training this year, with nearly half of the club’s top prospects in camp with the team. That’s a lot of fresh faces, many of whom should arrive in Baltimore before long.

Each week, MLB.com will sit down for a personality-themed Q&A session with one of the club’s top prospects. Last week, we grilled Adley Rutschman. In this next installment, let’s get to know Ryan McKenna:

Name: Ryan McKenna

Position: Outfield

Age: 23

MLB Pipeline ranking in 2019: Orioles' No.13

Drafted: 2015, 4th (133)

MLB ETA: 2020

MLB.com: Did you have a childhood nickname?

McKenna: I was in seventh grade when I played on my high school varsity baseball team. I had an older brother they called “Macks.” They called me “Mini Macks.” It stuck for a while. It was a hometown thing.

MLB.com: What is your favorite food?

McKenna: Steak, potatoes and some veggies. That’s probably a classic go-to for me.

MLB.com: What is your favorite color?

McKenna: Teal blue. I have it on right now.

MLB.com: What were your favorite sports team growing up?

McKenna: The Patriots or the Red Sox, being a New England guy.

MLB.com: Who is your favorite musical artist?

McKenna: Right now I’d say [country singer] Luke Combs. I just saw him perform in San Antonio and it was pretty awesome.

MLB.com: Who is your favorite non-baseball athlete?

McKenna: [California State University San Marcos] golfer Claire Hogle. I’m a big fan.

MLB.com: Who is your celebrity crush?

McKenna: She’s my celebrity crush, too. [Laughter]

MLB.com: What is your favorite TV show?

McKenna: The Office or Friends.

MLB.com: What is your favorite movie?

McKenna: Good Will Hunting.

MLB.com: What is your favorite social media app?

McKenna: Instagram.

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MLB.com: Who is your celebrity look-alike?

McKenna: I think other people would probably be better at answering that than I can, but shot in the dark? Tony Stark (aka Robert Downey Jr.). But [fellow O’s prospect] Preston Palmerio looks more like him than me.

MLB.com: What is your favorite off-field hobby?

McKenna: Puzzles and things like that. I can solve a Rubik's cube. We had a lot of time for travel so I was able to learn.

MLB.com: What is your go-to vacation spot?

McKenna: Our family favorite was Disney World.

MLB.com: Who was your childhood hero?

McKenna: My dad, Marty. Being a mentor, the man I wanted to become -- he encapsulated all those things.

MLB.com: Who is your baseball role model?

McKenna: Derek Jeter and Mike Trout. Both go about the game the right way. Working hard and being good role models both on and off the field.

MLB.com: Who is your favorite all-time Oriole?

McKenna: Mike Bordick. Keeping with the New England theme. He’s a great guy, and I’ve gotten to know him pretty well the past couple years.

MLB.com: Who were your favorite players growing up?

McKenna: Either Manny Ramirez or David Ortiz. Big Papi was so clutch in the postseason in 2004. Manny had such a great swing, I would mimic him in front of the TV when I was younger. The barrel confidence he had and the execution was incredible.

MLB.com: What is your favorite minor league city (so far)?

McKenna: Columbia, South Carolina. [Home of the Fireflies, the Mets’ Class A affiliate.] That was one of the nicest stadiums I’ve ever been to. We played Tim Tebow there.

MLB.com: What is the best meal you can cook?

McKenna: Nice salmon with some lemon and asparagus with some spice. I try to keep it on that healthy path, but I also try to get some flavor in there too.

MLB.com: What is your best baseball memory?

McKenna: Either getting drafted or helping bring the first state championship to Maine. I was nine at the time, or maybe even younger, and we won the first state championship for Maine as Little Leaguers. It was a Cal Ripken [travel] league, and we won the state championship then came in third in the regionals. It was really -- genuinely -- super, super fun.

Joe Trezza covers the Orioles for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JoeTrezz.