SARASOTA, Fla. – Trey Mancini is enjoying his first time in big league camp for the Orioles.
“It’s been going well. It’s been a great experience so far just being with the guys, a lot of whom I watched playing in high school. It’s really neat being here in the same clubhouse,” Mancini said.
Last year, Mancini led the Eastern League in hitting with a .359 average and was named the organization’s top prospect. This year, he could start at Norfolk.
“I’ve always tried to guess every year. It’s hard to tell where I’m going to be sent, but I think that would be a good guess,” Mancini said.
Mancini, a first baseman, has closely watched Chris Davis work at first. Davis hasn’t given him any first base tips.
“He doesn’t even really need to,” Mancini said. “I’ve been watching his defense, watching how he does every drill and how he approaches it.”
Mancini has noted one thing about Davis at first.
“Around the bag, he’s really good at being quiet and soft with his hands. That’s something I’ve been needing to work on,” Mancini said.
“From a defensive standpoint, I feel I can make all the plays out there and do well.”
Over the offseason, Mancini, who will be 24 on March 18, went back to Notre Dame to finish his degree in political science. He’s been closely monitoring the presidential campaign.
“I’ve been following and keeping track of it. It’s been quite an entertaining election season for sure,” Mancini said.
He’s not sure if he has any political ambitions.
“As of right now, I’d say no. It depends how everybody’s viewing politicians at the time. Maybe I try to get into it. It’s not our of the question,” Mancini said.
At Notre Dame, Mancini was a teammate of another Orioles draftee, Pat Connaughton. He hasn’t tried to convince him to give up the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers for the Orioles.
“I think he needs to do what he wants and what he thinks he should do. Whenever he’s done with basketball, I’m confident he’ll come back and be a professional baseball player,” Mancini said.
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