Trey Mancini, the No.5 prospect in the Baltimore Orioles system, was called up just last Sunday, but took no time getting down to business. Mancini garnered his first career start on Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox, and in second at bat he sent Eduardo Rodriguez’ offering flying over the left centerfield wall. The Orioles ending up falling to the Red Sox 5-2 and are now five games out of first place in the AL East.
Not only was it Mancini’s first career home run, it was his first career hit. Not a bad start to your major league career. Oh and his mom probably had the best reaction of them all.
Before being called up Mancini was enjoying a great year in the minors. In stints at AA Bowie and AAA Norfolk, Mancini hit .282 with 20 homers, 68 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .357. He’s a very intriguing prospect, but as a corner infielder Mancini might have trouble cracking Baltimore’s future everyday lineup with the likes of Manny Machado and Chris Davis at third and first base respectively.
Notre Dame might be known for their football, but they actually have a steady presence in Major League Baseball. Aside from Mancini, the Irish have: RHP Jeff Manship (Cleveland Indians), RHP John Axford (Oakland Athletics), RHP David Phelps (Miami Marlins), RHP Jeff Samardzija (San Francisco Giants) and OF A.J. Pollock (Arizona Diamondbacks) in the show.