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O's select Notre Dame's Mancini in Round 8

O's select Notre Dame's Mancini in Round 8

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O's select Notre Dame's Mancini in Round 8

Trey Mancini, picked in the eighth round by the Orioles, hit behind the highly touted Eric Jagielo in Notre Dame's lineup this season, giving the Fighting Irish a formidable one-two punch.

While Jagielo is the better all-around prospect, Mancini actually hit one point higher than his teammate, batting .389 in 2013. He also led Notre Dame with 54 RBIs and 138 total bases while striking out just 23 times in 229 at-bats.

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Mancini is strong and creates good loft with his quick right-handed swing, leading to 28 career collegiate homers. Mancini needs to improve his pitch recognition to reach his potential as a hitter, and his value is tied to his bat.

Mancini is a capable first baseman, defending his position with a .990 fielding percentage this year.

Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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