How far off the radar was Trey Mancini when it came time for a major league team to turn him into a professional four Junes ago? Ask the scout who, in a brief meeting with Mancini, asked him how many innings he'd thrown that year at Notre Dame.
"Zero," Mancini told him. "I'm a first baseman."
Flustered, the man asked a few more courtesy questions and then left.
Mancini can laugh about it now. But it's hard to blame anyone for passing on the first baseman only the Orioles wanted, and who is evolving this year into an everyday player.
In a baseball world where amateur talent and minor leaguers are evaluated based on their upside with a premium...