Matt Manning
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers AA
2018 Fantasy 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 even inning to inning. If it weren't for his final three starts for the Whitecaps when he gave up one run with a 25:6 K:BB in 16 innings, he would have been an easy fade this offseason. It's possible he unlocked something down the stretch. A top-10 pick in 2016 with excellent size (6-foot-6, 190 pounds) and athleticism, Manning will understandably be given the benefit of the doubt by many prospect ranking services for a couple more years. However, for dynasty-league purposes, there is a different calculus for these types of pitching prospects. There is a never-ending stream of high-risk/high-reward pitchers in the lower levels, so it's worth exploring if Manning can be dealt for something more tangible. He will likely return to Low-A at the start of his age-20 season, where improving his command, changeup and overall consistency will be big points of emphasis. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Tigers in June of 2016 that includes a $3.51 million signing bonus.
Moves up to Double-A
PDetroit Tigers  AA
August 25, 2018
Manning was promoted to Double-A Erie on Friday.
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Manning earned his second promotion of the season after pitching even better for High-A Lakeland than he did for Low-A West Michigan. He cut his ERA from 3.40 to 2.98 and lowered his walk rate from 11.8 percent to 9.3 percent without suffering a meaningful drop in strikeouts (32.1 percent to 31.7 percent). Manning will be able to make a start or two for Erie before the end of the Double-A season and should open 2019 at the same level, pushing for a promotion to Triple-A sometime next year.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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.
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Shines in first High-A start
PDetroit Tigers  AA
July 6, 2018
Manning tossed five shutout innings and struck out nine while giving up one hit and two walks in his debut Wednesday for High-A Lakeland.
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Promoted to High-A
PDetroit Tigers  AA
June 27, 2018
Manning was promoted to High-A Lakeland on Wednesday.
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Throws seven shutout innings
PDetroit Tigers  AA
June 18, 2018
Manning worked a career-high seven scoreless innings for Low-A West Michigan in its 8-0 win over Dayton on Sunday. He gave up three hits and a walk and struck out six.
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Delivers best start of season
PDetroit Tigers  AA
May 23, 2018
Manning struck out nine over six scoreless innings Tuesday for Low-A West Michigan. He scattered three hits and one walk in the start.
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Back from minor-league DL
PDetroit Tigers  AA
April 18, 2018
Manning (oblique) was activated from the minor-league disabled list Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic Detroit reports.
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