19-Year-Old Pitcher – Detroit Tigers
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Reports on Manning were incredibly inconsistent in 2017. Everyone agrees that there is a plus fastball and plus curveball in there somewhere, but he doesn’t always have them from start to start or eve...
Matt Manning Contract Information:
Signed with the Tigers in June of 2016.
Manning went five innings and allowed just one run while striking out 10 for Low-A West Michigan in the Midwest League playoffs Friday.
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Detroit Tigers Roster
MajorsBell, Chad (P)
AAAAlcantara, Victor (P)
AAAlexander, Tyler (P)
ACameron, Daz (OF)
RookieArriera, Gio (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The son of a former NBA player, Manning was a two-sport star in high school. Not surprisingly, he was among the most athletic pitchers taken in the 2016 draft. That helps him on the mound, as he shows better control and a more repeatable delivery than the typical 6-foot-6 teenager. He did not start pitching until his junior year, but his repertoire, headlined by a double-plus fastball, shows a lot of promise. His spike curveball is already a weapon that can serve as an out pitch inside and outside of the zone, while his changeup lags behind as a potential average offering. After giving up seven runs in his first 5.1 innings in the Gulf Coast League, Manning posted a 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 36:6 K:BB across eight three-inning starts to close out his season. He is a tier below Jason Groome and Riley Pint in terms of pure stuff, but a case could be made that he has the third-highest ceiling among the prep pitchers taken in last year's draft.