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)
Eastern League (Double-A)
Florida State League (High Class A)
|Runner-Up||Garrett Cooper||Brevard County||Marlins||470||422||184||.436|
Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Northwest League (Short-season)