Luke Mangieri

LUKE MANGIERI, FIRST BASEMAN
Born: October 15, 1996
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 215
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 25th Round, 744th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: Bradley University
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

Mangieri saw his power increase in 2018, as he hit for a .322/.424/.510 line in 202 at-bats, with five homers and 15 doubles.  The .188 ISO wasn’t huge, but an improvement over .114 in his junior year and .101 in his freshman year.  He also saw improvement in his walk rate, with 31 opposed to just just 29 strikeouts.  The Pirates announced Mangieri as a right fielder, but he played first base in college and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Defense team as a first baseman in his junior year.  He’s going to need power for either spot, but his ability to hit for average and get on base could allow him to at least reach Double-A, and his chances improve if he can play the outfield.

2018
A-:  247/337/346, 162 AB, 8 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 18 BB, 35 K, 9-10 SB
A:  147/256/206, 34 AB, 2 2B, 3 BB, 8 K, 0-1 SB

The Pirates sent Mangieri to Morgantown, where he was the primary first baseman.  He played just one inning in the outfield.  In mid-August, the Pirates moved him up to West Virginia when the Power had some injuries.  Mangieri didn’t hit a great deal with Morgantown; his slash line was very close to the league average, which isn’t good for a first baseman.  He didn’t hit in his brief time with the Power.  Mangieri had a lot of trouble with LHPs, managing just a .480 OPS against them.

Mangieri looks like an organizational player.  He could return to low A in 2019.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2019: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $50,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round, 744th overall pick; signed on June 12.