Nicknames for the Baltimore Orioles bench
Trey Mancini, OF/1B
Nickname: The Man
Trey rakes hard. Early in the season, he tied the rookie record for seven home runs in his first 12 games. Since then, his bat has cooled off a bit, but even a cool bat is still slashing .317/.358/.564. His BABIP of .391 is good for 7th best in the majors (min 200 PA). Amazingly to those outside of the Charm City, he is the best hitter in all of baseball once he sees a 3-2 count—a wRC+ of 343. Second on that list is Nelson Cruz, with a wRC+ of 258.
To say that more specifically, the difference between Trey Mancini and the second-best player in 3-2 counts is the same as the difference between the second player and the 33rd player.
Trey indeed is the man.
Caleb Joseph, C
This is what I call him, and I don’t care what you call him. Last year, Caleb didn’t deserve a nickname, with 0 RBI and a wRC+ of 6.
That means he had the offensive value of 6% the average player. This year, he’s up to a 73 wRC+ (with 12 RBI!), but I won’t consider real nicknames until he becomes even average.
Joey Rickard, OF
Nickname: Joey Little Bats
During the last off-season, Dan Duquette would not think about signing Jose Bautista (Joey Bats) because the fans wouldn’t like him. Fans love Joey Rickard, though his bat isn’t as big. The orange Joey has seven home runs in 136 games. The bearded blue Jose once hit 50 home runs during the same stretch of games back in 2010. The fans love Rickard for his defense and speed.
And because he’s not Jose Bautista.
Ruben Tejada, SS
Nickname: New York Reuben
Don’t crucify me yet for this, I beg of you. Ruben is a new addition, straight off the Yankees roster, but c’mon…this fits perfectly. We don’t know what he’s capable of in an Orioles uniform yet, only playing 13 games so far. So in the meantime, I say what I know: there’s a tasty sandwich shop down the street I’ll hit up in about an hour.