NORFOLK (WAVY ) — Nobody on the Norfolk Tides had a hotter June than 24-year-old first baseman Trey Mancini.
A .349 batting average, five home runs and 14 runs batted in and he’s picking up where he left off as we enter July. On Friday night, Mancini hit a walk-off home run to lift the Tides to a 2-1 win over Durham.
“Especially the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling good, just been more relaxed the last couple of weeks,” Mancini said. “I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been here for a while and I feel more settled in. I think that has a part in it.”
Mancini went to Notre Dame and the the Orioles picked him in the 8th round of the 2013 draft and he still went back to South Bend to earn his degree in Political Science.
“Can’t say enough about Notre Dame, probably my most favorite place in the world,” Mancini said. “I left after my junior year and went back the past two falls to finish up my degree which is really cool to be able to go back while I was playing. I’m gonna try to get up for a football game or two this year. Notre Dame is huge part of who I am.”
While Mancini has been getting it done at the plate, Tides manager Ron Johnson is just as impressed with Mancini’s defense.
“I have been surprised how good of a defensive first baseman he is, that was not one of his major strengths coming into the season,” Johnson said. “I’m really pleased with that because with the Baltimore, if you listen to Buck Showalter, they’re looking for defense, they’re looking for home runs, too, but if you can’t play defense you usually can’t play for Buck.”
Like everyone else on the Tides, Mancini is trying to hone his craft, hoping for what they refer to as “The Call”, the call to play for Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles.
“It’s been my goal my whole life to reach the majors. I didn’t have any number of goals coming into this year but when people ask me, it’s to get to the majors.”
If Mancini keeps it up, it could be sooner rather than later when he suits up at Camden Yards.