Rule 9.22(a) Awards Mancini A Batting Title

Trey Mancini had a fantastic season by any measure. But thanks to Major League Baseball’s Rule 9.22(a)—formerly 10.22(a)—it’s now an award-winning season.

Mancini, 23, hit .359 at Double-A Bowie of the Eastern League but did not record enough plate appearances to qualify among the leaders. But each September, MLB applies Rule 9.22(a) to the statistics for all 16 domestic minor leagues. Ordinarily, a player must record 2.7 PA for every game on his team’s schedule. Most full-season leagues play 140 games, so as a general rule players must come to bat 378 times to qualify for an individual league batting, on-base or slugging championship.

Despite not meeting that requirement, Mancini was recognized as the 2015 Eastern League batting champion following the application of Rule 9.22(a). The guideline simply allows MLB to tack on hitless at-bats to a player’s ledger until he meets the PA threshold, and if he still leads a category after taking the penalty, then he is deemed champion.

The same was true of Mancini and the slugging title. Three other league winners were adjusted, as you can see from the chart below.

Eastern League (Double A)
Batting Average

PLAYER
TEAM ORG PA AB H AVG
Leader Trey Mancini Bowie Orioles 354 326 117 .359
Adjusted 383 355 117 .330
Runner-Up Adam Frazier Altoona Pirates 423 377 122 .324

Eastern League (Double-A)
Slugging Percentage

PLAYER
TEAM ORG PA AB TB SLG
Leader Trey Mancini Bowie Orioles 354 326 191 .586
Adjusted 383 355 191 .538
Runner-Up Quincy Latimore Bowie Orioles 486 442 225 .509

Florida State League (High Class A)
Slugging Percentage

PLAYER
TEAM ORG PA AB TB SLG
Leader Mike Marjama Charlotte Rays 351 334 158 .473
Adjusted 378 361 158 .438
Runner-Up Garrett Cooper Brevard County Marlins 470 422 184 .436

Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Slugging Percentage

PLAYER
TEAM ORG PA AB TB SLG
Leader Chris Gittens Yankees Yankees 146 124 80 .645
Adjusted 162 140 80 .571
Runner-Up Isranel Wilson Braves Braves 173 144 69 .479

Northwest League (Short-season)
Slugging Percentage

PLAYER
TEAM ORG PA AB TB SLG
Leader Chris Shaw Salem-Keizer Giants 200 178 98 .551
Adjusted 205 183 98 .536
Runner-Up Kevin Padlo Boise Rockies 308 255 128 .502

 

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