First baseman Trey Mancini enjoying strong May for Shorebirds

Trey Mancini was one of several members of last year's Aberdeen IronBirds to enter his first full season with high expectations. After a slow April, the eighth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame has begun to deliver on his promise with Low-A Delmarva.

Mancini hit .245 with a .629 OPS in the first month of the season, but he has raised his season average to .302/.356/.372 with one of the strongest May performances in the system. Mancini has hit .372/.402/.449 with five extra-base hits in 20 games this month for the Shorebirds, who are 24-21 and eight games behind a ridiculously good Hagerstown team.

Mancini is a towering first baseman with bat-to-ball skills. But like Bowie's Christian Walker ahead of him, Mancini's success will be directly tied to whether he can hit for enough power to make him a viable first baseman. Mancini hit three home runs in 68 games last year for Aberdeen, but he is still searching for his first through 44 games this season.

Power can develop late for prospects, so it’s not overly concerning — see Walker’s 11 home runs this season with Bowie. But Mancini’s size limits him to first base, so he’ll have to develop power to have a future at the position.

Dominant bullpen

When a starter leaves a minor league game, you never know what you’re going to get.

A bullpen typically ranges from guys you’ve seen plenty or guys you have no reason to see, but that’s not the case in Delmarva. All but one member of the Shorebirds bullpen has an ERA under 3.00 so far on the season, while two haven’t given up an earned run all year.

Closer Jimmy Yacobonis has yielded just six hits in 14 scoreless appearances, with 10 saves on the season. Bennett Parry has allowed just an unearned run and two hits in 10 1/3 innings.

Other notables include Dylan Rheault (5-0, 1.83 ERA in nine appearances), David Richardson (2.53 ERA in 13 appearances), Jon Keller (2.08 ERA in 12 appearances), and Dennis Torres (2.49 ERA in 12 appearances).

Williams Louico, the Haitian flamethrower who flirts with triple digits with his fastball, is the outlier with a 4.08 ERA in 10 appearances — though he’s held opponents without an earned run in five of those.

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