Trey Mancini’s brief major league career is off to a fast start.
The former Notre Dame star and current Baltimore Orioles rookie first baseman/outfielder has appeared in only 10 career games, but the Winter Haven, Fla., native, has already made his mark.
Mancini played five games as a September call-up last season, going 4-for-15 with two three home runs. In five games this year, the 25-year-old is batting .267 with two home runs, both of which game Wednesday night against the Red Sox.
Mancini hit a three-run blast to center field off Red Sox starter Steven Wright during the first inning. He then took reliever Ben Taylor deep with a solo home run over the Green Monster in the third inning as the Orioles went on to win 12-5.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the only active major-leaguer who had as many homers as Mancini through his first 10 career games was Trevor Story, who holds the major-league record (seven).
"I grew up a big baseball fan, and Fenway is arguably the most-storied baseball park in the country, so it's been really cool to play here,” Mancini told MassLive.com. “It was an unbelievable experience getting my first start in left field, by the Monster, too. I definitely thought about all the great players who have played out there.”
Mancini has started four games this season, pinch hit in one and did not appear in two. He started in left field Wednesday after the Orioles placed Joey Rickard disabled list with a sprained finger. Mancini — the 2015 Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award winner — has also appeared in right field during spring training and the regular season.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Mancini was an eighth-round selection of the Orioles in the 2013 MLB Draft.
He is the first Orioles player in franchise history to hit at least five home runs in his first 10 career games.