Baltimore Orioles: 6 unsung players playing vital roles in 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 30: Trey Mancini
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 30: Trey Mancini /
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6. Trey Mancini, LF

With first base occupied by Chris Davis, Mancini made what is a seamless transition to left field. As a result, Mancini has evolved into an everyday left fielder, and even making jaw-dropping catches along the way.

Mancini was well-known in Baltimore for his power in 2016, where he homered three times in five games down the stretch.

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In 2017, Mancini has shown he can hit for average too. Mancini is hitting .291/.340/.512 with 23 home runs, 20 doubles, 71 RBIs, 55 runs and a team-high three triples. His oWAR is 2.6, and his dWAR is -0.7, although I think most would say he has gotten better as the year h

The the other main point for Mancini is he is a player who figures out what teams are doing to exploit him, something another high-profile rookie in the American League East cannot figure out.

On August 20, Mancini’s average was down to .282, the lowest it has been since the first week in May, where a 0-for-3 game could drop a batting average several points. In his previous seven games, Mancini went 2-for-26. In his next seven games, Mancini went 14-27 with eight RBIs, one home run, and one double.

Talk about a guy who can play through the ebbs and flows of a season. In fact, if anything the Orioles have need Mancini due to the struggles that Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo have had at the plate.