Orioles’ Mancini Finishes 3rd in AL Rookie of the Year Voting
Probably the biggest surprise of the Orioles season was the emergence of rookie Trey Mancini. Mancini smashed twenty-four home runs and drove in seventy-eight runs while posting a .293 batting average for the year. Mancini filled the void that was left by Chris Davis’ disappointing season and cemented himself as a key piece on the Orioles roster. With many flops coming out of the O’s farm system, Mancini was a breath of fresh air for Orioles fans last year. His impressive campaign earned him the honor of being in the running for the American League Rookie of the Year; along with Aaron Judge (NYY) and Andrew Bientiendi (BOS). Most Orioles fans knew that Mancini had no shot at beating Aaron Judge for this award, but we can all be excited for what the future holds for this blooming star. The last Oriole to be nominated for the Rookie of the Year award was Wei-Yin Chen, but the last Oriole who came through the farm system and be nominated, was in 2010 with Brian Matusz; let that sink in. The future is bright for Mancini, and the Orioles and us fans should enjoy these years with him.