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“That’s Amore!” Is It Time To Add Trey Mancini?

There’s no question the Orioles are full of players that can hit the ball out of the ball park. Their pitching, on the other hand, hasn’t been the most desirable. Luckily, their offense can give the pitchers run support. A bright spot has been designated hitter Trey Mancini. Primarily a DH in most fantasy formats, he’s close to gaining OF eligibility, and this will certainly add to his stock. During the 2016 season, the Orioles went with Pedro Alvarez. The free agent acquisition had his ups and downs as Alvarez slashed .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs and 49 RBI. The strikeouts added up and he compiled nearly a 30 % K-rate. Fast forward to 2017, and Trey Mancini has had solid production through the first month. This week, I want to focus on the blossoming slugger in this week’s addition of “That’s Amore!” Is It Time to Add Trey Mancini?

The 25 year-old eighth-round pick had a successful minor league career slashing .306/.357/.472 with 54 home runs and 275 RBI. Striking out in only 19.75% of his plate appearances, he showed the ability to mitigate strikeouts while producing solid averages throughout his four-year minor league career. The only knock on Mancini was his inability to draw walks. He totaled 137 walks in 1,878 at-bats. However, with his ability to produce in the power categories, the Orioles liked what they saw this spring, and Mancini earned a roster spot.

Through his first 60 at-bats, Mancini has slashed .267/.286/.633 with six home runs and 17 RBI. Strikeouts are a concern has he’s compiled 22 with only two walks. However, he’s had solid at-bats while driving in crucial RBIs. At this pace, it’s reasonable to expect 25 HR and close to 75 RBI. This is the solid production a fantasy owner looks to acquire off the waiver wire. As I mentioned earlier, with the outfield eligibility just around the corner, it makes the hitter an interesting target as the season progresses.

Nearly 50% of hits have been pulled to left field. Making great contact, Mancini has a 46.2 Med% and 41.0 Hard%. He’s not getting cheated on his swings, and he’s shown the ability to make solid contact. Looking at his Contact%, he’s not getting cheated on pitches in the zone, compiling a 71.7 Z-Contact%. However, he’s prone to swinging at pitches outside the zone, and he hasn’t been successful with a 44.4 O-Contact%. His Z-Contact% sits him in the middle of the pack, but hitting in the sixth hole, after the likes of Chris Davis, he should see plenty of pitches to his liking.

With a depleted waiver wire, and numerous players hitting the disable list with the newly instituted 10-day DL, it’s hard to argue that there are better options than Mancini especially after he gains outfield eligibility. What do you look for in a free agent pickup? If you’re like me, you’re looking for a player that can produce in the power categories. Playing with a lineup like the Orioles, the slugger will have plenty of chances to drive runners in. During his minor league career, he’s shown the ability to produce RBI had a high rate amassing 50 RBI at all four of his minor league stops. The only knock, as with many young power hitters, are his strikeouts. If Mancini can limit the strikeouts, there’s no questioning he can become an everyday player in your fantasy lineup. This week, the Orioles play four games against the Washington Nationals and three against the Kansas City Royals. Two of the probably starters are left-handed pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Danny Duffy. His splits are a bit concerning against lefties. On the season, Mancini is slashing .211/.231/.342 in 38 at-bats against left-handed pitchers. On the other hand, he’s slashed .364/.375/1.136 against righties in 22 at-bats. He’s clearly getting at-bats against lefties, but he needs to show the ability to hit lefties or lose the at-bats. The other concerning number is his 50% strikeout rate against lefties. This cannot happen if he wants to be an everyday player for the Baltimore Orioles. As a right-handed batter, this team will need Mancini to up his product against southpaws.

A .300+ hitter against lefties in the minor leagues, it’s only a matter of time before Mancini starts producing against southpaws at the Major League-level. When this happens, he should become a household name, and if the power continues, there’s no questioning the ability for 25+ home runs. AT 6’4″ 215 lbs, he possesses the size, and swing trajectory, to produce consistent power numbers. Playing in the AL East, he will getting plenty of chances (e.g. Sabathia, Sale, Pomeranz, Liriano, etc.) to bolster his statistics against lefties. If you’re looking for a player with solid power potential, and you’ve been stung by the injury bug, take a flier on Trey Mancini. Temper expectations, but if he can limit his strikeouts, and figure out left-handed pitching he could provide 20+ home runs, and 70 RBI in 2017. Owned in 7% of ESPN, 7% of Yahoo, and 39% of Fantrax leagues, there’s a great chance he still available.

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