The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team in baseball. At the time of this writing, they have won 11 straight games and lead the National League Central by eight games. That being said, there are still ways in which the team can improve this season. One of the ways is at first base. Keston Hiura has struggled for much of this season. While he has been much better since his more recent all up, many wonder if he can sustain it. In addition, Daniel Vogelbach is on IL with a leg injury for at least another month. In order to ensure that first base is no longer a weakness in the batting order, the Brewers should look into trading for Orioles’ slugger Trey Mancini.
Trey Mancini has played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. He got his first Major League action in 2016. Though he only played in five games that season, he hit three home runs. The next season, 2017, was his first full season as a Major League player. He hit .293/.338/.488 with 24 home runs and 78 RBI. As a result of this production, Mancini finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year that season. He hit 24 home runs again in 2018, but only drove in 58 runs for a very bad Orioles team.
In 2019, Mancini had the best season of his career. He hit .291/.364/.535 with 35 home runs and 97 RBI. Mancini, like other players, opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. This season, he picked up where he left off in terms of power. He has 15 home runs and 53 RBI in 80 games played so far. His averages have dipped a bit, though. Currently, he is slashing .257/.330/.457. Mancini also leads the American League with 12 double plays grounded into.
What Mancini Could Bring to the Brewers
Trey Mancini could bring a stability to the first base position that the Brewers have not had for years. Since Prince Fielder left Milwaukee in 2011, the Brewers have had a different first baseman start on opening day every single year. This year’s starter, Keston Hiura, is widely believed to be the team’s designated hitter when it finally comes to the National League. Mancini has one more season of arbitration left after this year, so the Brewers would have him for at least this season and next. Mancini does not have the star power that would put him out of Milwaukee’s price range. He certainly could be affordable to re-sign as well.
Offensively, Mancini would bring a power bat that is desperately needed on this year’s Brewers’ roster. Christian Yelich continues to struggle to barrel the ball, and only has five home runs on the season. Additionally, Hiura’s struggles thus far have caused his power numbers to remain low. Mancini, who has accepted an invitation to this year’s Home Run Derby, would certainly provide some pop.
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