First baseman Trey Mancini, who is among the top hitting prospects in the Orioles organization, has been promoted to Triple-A Norfolk.
The 24-year-old’s placement back in Double-A Bowie to start this season was somewhat controversial to begin with, as he won the Eastern League batting title there a season ago, but with seven home runs and a .302 average in 17 games for the Baysox this season, Mancini earned the promotion he’d been waiting for.
As he was in the midst of his early-season tear in Bowie, Mancini said he was enjoying being back in Bowie and hitting the ball as well as possible.
Bowie manager Gary Kendall said he was handling his assignment well.
“He’s a baseball player,” Kendall said. “I’m sure he’d like to be at a higher level, but it is what it is. He knows he’s going to come here, he’s going to be penciled in the lineup as a full-time player, he’s going to get a lot of opportunities, he’s going to bat in the heart of our order.”
In doing so, Mancini hit his way out of Bowie in short order. He nearly did the same last season, when he hit .359/.395/.586 with 13 home runs in 84 games with the Baysox. He was shy of the minimum at-bats required for the batting crown, so he took an 0-for-29 and still had the highest average in the league.
Over 136 games between Bowie and High-A Frederick last season, Mancini hit 21 home runs with 43 doubles, 89 RBIs, and a .341/.375/.563 batting line.
He joins a Norfolk team where fellow first base prospect Christian Walker was moved to left field full-time, and several other hitting prospects, like outfielder Dariel Alvarez, litter the batting order.
Mancini’s bat has carried him this far, but among his tasks in Triple-A will be to improve his defense, which has gotten better since he joined the system but is still lagging behind his bat.
David Hall of The Virginian-Pilot first reported the promotion.