Trey Manz brought affiliated baseball experience and a solid bat to the Slammers last year and the Georgia native will once again wear the “tools of ignorance” in 2012. Joliet acquired Manz on July 2 from the Southern Illinois Miners and after a slow start the left-handed hitting catcher ended up hitting .298 for Joliet during the regular season. He swung a hot bat in the playoffs, hitting .400 as the Slammers won the Frontier League title. Manz spent the 2010 season with the Billings Mustangs, the short season single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Appeared in 36 games for Billings where he batted .241 with 16 RBI, 50 total bases and a .657 OPS…Threw out 43 percent (6 of 14) attempted base stealers. Made his pro debut on 7/8/09 with the Mustangs …Hit .306 with three home runs and seven RBI in 15 games with the Mustangs…Finished the season in the Gulf Coast League where he hit .316 with two home runs and four RBI in 13 games…Combined between the two leagues, batted .310 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 28 games played. Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round in 2009…Played two seasons at the University of South Florida …Named to the All-Big East second team as a senior in 2009…Played for Chipola College in 2007 and helped them to the NJCAA National Championship…Named to the First Team Panhandle Conference Squad and the Florida State Tournament and All Tournament Team…Began his college career at Central Alabama where he batted .265, with five home runs and 36 RBI in 2006.