The Cincinnati Reds have signed Trey Mancini to a minor league contract, first reported by Mark Sheldon of Reds.com. Cincinnati has assigned the first baseman/outfielder to Triple-A Louisville.
Mancini signed with the Chicago Cubs on a 2-year deal prior to the season, but things just didn’t turn out the way that either side had hoped for. In 79 games, Mancini hit just .234/.299/.336 with four home runs, 21 walks, and 78 strikeouts in 263 plate appearances.
With things not working out, the Cubs designated him for assignment and after he cleared waivers the club gave him his release on August 2nd. He remained a few agent for about three weeks before signing with Cincinnati.
When looking at his numbers in 2023 it’s had to find somewhere that he found success. Looking at his splits, he had a .620 OPS against right-handed pitching. When facing left-handed pitchers his OPS was .657. He was ok while hitting at Wrigley, posting a .262/.333/.389 line in 42 games. On the road he hit just .202/.258/.275. There’s probably not a whole lot to that other than randomness (and a 90 point difference on his batting average on balls in play).
Looking at Baseball Reference’s breakdown of how he hit in 2023 against power pitchers and finesse pitchers is pretty telling – granted the sample size is small. Against power pitchers he hit just .188 and slugged just .234. Against finesse pitchers he hit .258 and slugged .438. That’s a huge difference and makes you wonder if perhaps his bat hasn’t slowed down just enough that he is now struggling to hit velocity but still has a good enough eye to handle average velocity and secondary stuff.
When looking at his numbers against specific pitches he didn’t seem to hit anything particularly well according to the breakdown at Brooks Baseball. He hit .232 and slugged .362 against 4-seamers. He hit .250 and slugged .292 against sinkers. He did his best work against the change up, hitting .250 and slugging .464 against them. Mancini saw more sliders this year than any pitch and he had his best average against them than anything – hitting .259, but he also slugged just .352 against them. Curveballs were a big struggle for him as he hit just .133 against them and slugged just .200.
It seems that almost everyone who has come through Louisville this season for the Reds has found something at the plate. Maybe there’s still something for Trey Mancini to tap into that the Bats coaching staff can figure out in a short period of time before the season comes to an end.