The Baltimore Orioles will have a new look at first base for the next month-plus as Chris Davis is headed to the disabled list with an oblique strain. Meanwhile, Trey Mancini started the season with DH-only eligibility for fantasy, added outfield status in May and, with one more game at first base, fantasy owners can use him there as well! Mancini, a right-handed hitter who still qualifies as a rookie, isn’t having quite the same season as Aaron Judge, but with a .288 batting average and double-digit home runs, he has still been quite impressive.
We harken back to early April when Orioles manager Buck Showalter seemed hesitant to use Mancini against anything other than left-handed pitching, but the 25-year-old forced himself into a more regular role and he certainly has handled it well. Through 177 plate appearances this season, Mancini actually has considerably better numbers against right-handed hurlers. Perhaps Showalter wanted to work Mancini in slowly. Now, Mancini should handle regular duty at first base, leaving a natural opening somewhere else.