Two more Notre Dame baseball players could have new addresses next year. Fighting Irish pitcher Dan Slania and first baseman Trey Mancini were each selected Friday on the second day of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft.
Slania went in the 5th round with the 162nd overall pick to the San Francisco Giants, while Mancini was tabbed in the 8th round with the 249th overall selection by the Baltimore Orioles. The two were drafted a day after teammate Eric Jagielo went with the 26th overall pick in the 1st round to the New York Yankees.
Slania was 3-1 with 13 saves and a 1.21 ERA in 2013. He came up short in just two of his 15 save opportunities during the season. He struckout 43 with 11 walks in 59.1 innings. His career totals to date include a school record 30 saves and an 8-4 record with 100 strikeouts in 121 innings.
Here is the scouting report on Slania from MLB.com:
The big right-hander (6'5, 265 pounds) has been extremely effective closing games for the Fighting Irish and he's more than just a pure power guy blowing college hitters away. Yes, he can run his fastball up into the mid-90s. And his sharp slider acts as a strikeout pitch. But he has really good feel for a changeup that has good fade and deception.
Mancini led the Big East with a .389 batting average in 2013. He also tied for first in the conference with seven triples. He had 54 RBIs and also set a school record with a 23-game hitting streak to earn. Mancini sports a career .323 batting average with 28 home runs, 133 RBIs, and a .576 slugging percentage.
MLB.com's scouting report on Mancini reads as follows:
Mancini is strong and creates good loft with his quick right-handed swing. With his power, however, comes a lot of swing and miss. Mancini needs to improve his pitch recognition to reach his potential as a hitter. Mancini is a capable first baseman, but his value is tied to his bat.
Jagielo and Slania are the 16th and 17th Notre Dame players selected in the first five rounds of the MLB Draft over the last 23 years. Mancini's selection makes the trio three draft picks selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft for the first time since 2004. Four Irish players were selected in the first 10 rounds that season.