Reliability and Inconsistency: The 2014 Trey Mancini Story
By Mike Franz
2014 has been a season of ups and downs for Trey Mancini. Drafted out of the University of Notre Dame in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB Draft, this is Mancini’s first full season in the Orioles Farm System.
Starting off the year in Single-A Delmarva, Mancini turned heads with his bat. In 68 games played as a Shorebird, Mancini batted .317/.357/.422. In the first half of the year, he hit 19 extra-base hits including 13 doubles.
This coupled with 42 RBIs and tremendous defense at first base with a .990 fielding percentage, Mancini was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game where he played alongside fellow teammates Mike Yastrzemski, Dylan Rheault, Drew Dosch, Hunter Harvey, Sebastian Vader, and Jimmy Yacabonis for the North All-Star Team.
Mancini impressed in the All-Star Game where he hit an RBI single in the tenth inning to tie the game up a 4-a-piece.
Soon after the All-Star Game, Mancini was moved up to Advanced Single-A ball with the Frederick Keys alongside teammates Yastrzemski and Yacabonis.
Where Yastrzemski found the transition from Delmarva to Frederick a smooth one, Yacabonis and Mancini are still having trouble adjusting. Yacabonis holds a 9.20 ERA over nine games pitching in relief with an 0-3 record to show for it.
As Yacabonis struggles from the mound, Mancini struggles from the plate. In 34 games played, Mancini is batting .223/.278/.374. Although he has hit more home runs in Frederick (4) than he did in Delmarva (3), it has been hard for Mancini to find any consistency with his bat. As a matter of fact, Mancini has only recorded six hits in his last 41 at-bats with 12 strikeouts to his name.
Looking at the statistics along, you would guess that it is two different players with the same name of Mancini. The inconsistent Mancini is in Frederick while the reliable Mancini is in Delmarva. Who is the real Mancini remains to be seen, but the Orioles sure do hope it is the ladder.