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By Steve Ginsburg
Terry Crowley remembers the precise moment he realized Trey Mancini was going to be special.
At the end of the 2014 season, the Orioles’ minor league hitting instructor handed Mancini and other members of the Class-A Frederick Keys a video he created of a batting cage session featuring big leaguers Adam Jones and Luke Scott.
“When the players come back for the next season, we’re in the cage, and I’m flipping them the balls, like I showed them on the video,” Crowley said. “And Trey is just bam, bam, bam. He’s hitting outside pitches, inside pitches. The pitches that I purposely throw bad; he doesn’t swing at.
“I stopped the session and I say, ‘Trey, that’s the best workout that I’ve had with anybody in a long, long time. What’s the deal?’ He said, ‘Crow, I paid attention to the video, and that’s what I practiced over the winter.'”
The exercise showed Crowley, a former Orioles outfielder, that Mancini was not only blessed with raw talent, he was a student of the game and would do whatever it takes to improve.
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