The inevitable has been confirmed; Trey Mancini will be putting his number 67 jersey on and jogging down the orange carpet on Monday afternoon. Mancini has been consistently good this spring, and he has earned the opportunity to be on the 25-man roster to open the season.
Mancini, who turned 25 earlier this month, will be brought to Baltimore as an outfielder, and has been well received playing a position that he is not well accustomed to. Mancini spent three full seasons at first base with the Orioles minor league affiliates, and when called up to the majors last September, he was the team’s DH for four games.
“I feel really comfortable out there, actually,” Mancini said while speaking with Roch Kubatko. “Every time you play out there, you get more and more comfortable. I want the ball to come out there and I want to make plays. I’m ready to attack the ball out there. I’ve been feeling really good out there.” You can find more of Roch’s interview with Trey right here.
Mancini’s big spring numbers are what got him to where he’s at now. In 30 Grapefruit League games, Mancini went 20-for-60 (.333), hit three home runs, and drove in 14 runs. He finished the spring with a .379 OBP, slugged .600, and had an OPS of .979. He absolutely torched right-handed pitching, batting .372/.413/.674 in 43 AB’s.
After confirming Mancini will be on the Opening Day roster, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there’s a “possibility” of him becoming a full-time left or right fielder.
It will be interesting to see in what way Mancini is used this season. Will he be used as a pinch-hitter late in games? Will he be the stud that wins over a corner OF position a month into the season? Or, will he be taking multiple trips up-and-down 95 headed to Norfolk.
However he is put into games, he’ll be ready to contribute, and we’ll all be ready to watch what he can do.