We’ve heard all about Christian Walker with regard to potential future first basemen for the Baltimore Orioles; but what about Trey Mancini? Mancini is currently serving as Bowie’s first baseman, after being promoted from Class A Frederick earlier this season. Cummulatively for both teams this season, he’s hitting .326 with an OBP of .352. He’s actually stepped it up in Bowie since arriving, hitting .342 as opposed to .314 in Frederick.
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Buck Showalter brought Mancini up to the Orioles’ media this past weekend during a press conference in Detroit, which is something that I found interesting. Mancini is obviously a guy at whom he’s taken a very long look, and he seemed genuinely impressed with Mancini’s progress. And I would say that it’s somewhat out of the ordinary for a manager to bring up the name of a prospect out of the blue like that during a media briefing.
It’s tough to say how serious the Orioles might be in considering him at some point, however needless to say it’s something that’s apparently been given some thought. Or has it? I would also throw out there the potential that perhaps the Orioles are using him as a trade chip. When you wheel and deal as much as Dan Duquette has been known to do, there’s nothing that’s in theory off the table.
However depending upon what return the Orioles would potentially get for Mancini, I would still submit that he’s more valuable in the organization than on the trade docket. He’s a guy who’s obviously able to hit with some power, and he gets on base consistently And as I said, he’s actually improved on what he was already doing since moving to double-A. Might he be the first baseman of the very near future?
Nothing’s off the table to say the least. Would Dan Duquette actually consider moving Chris Davis at the deadline, sending Steve Pearce back to the outfield, and promoting Mancini to the big leagues? That’s just one scenario mind you, but again it’s very interesting that Showalter went to the trouble of dropping Mancini’s name like that. While Davis hasn’t regained his 2013 form, it would certainly be a risk – one that would certainly make or break the Orioles’ pennant asperations. But sometimes lady luck smiles on daring ones; and sometimes not.
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More realistically, I think that Mancini’s a name to watch for the future. I would submit that either him or Walker will be the first baseman of the future for the Orioles. It would be interesting to see the reaction from fans if the O’s pulled a move like I described above, but I would submit that the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. But time will tell; the Orioles are on the clock.
The Birds open a big three-game set with New York tonight at Yankee Stadium with Wei-Yin Chen on the mound for the O’s. He’ll be opposed by New York’s Nathan Eovaldi. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.