One big question this Spring has been what will happen to Trey Mancini. We saw him in a very limited time at the end of last season, when he hit 3 homers in 5 games. Heading into Thursday, he’s been straight up raking in Spring Training this year to the tune of a .339 average with 7 doubles and 3 homers in 59 plate appearances. That’s an extra base hit one out of every 5.9 at bats. Not too shabby.
When Dan Duquette was asked about the Opening Day roster, one of his quotes mentioned Mancini:
Duquette: “The addition of Trey Mancini will be additive to the ballclub.” So….sounds like he’s made it. Mentions Ft. Myers HR yet again.
— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) March 30, 2017
The O’s have been testing Manicini out in the outfield, where the team has several players competing for spots, including Joey Rickard and Craig Gentry, who have both played very well so far in 2017, but Mancini clearly has the most upside of those players. However, Mancini is more of what the Orioles already have a plethora of: power, high strikeouts, no speed. The O’s also have to decide if their Rule 5 guys will be kept or not. There’s a lot of decisions to be made in the next couple days, but it sounds like the O’s may have decided that Mancini has played his way onto the team.