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Matt Manning Selected 9th Overall by Tigers

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With the  9th overall pick in the MLB draft the Tigers selected Matt Manning.

Matt Manning is a 6-6 185lb right handed pitcher from Sheldon High School in Sacramento California. Manning also plays basketball at Sheldon High, due to this he got a late start on baseball this year as Sheldon High’s basketball made a run in the playoffs during the spring.

However, Matt’s baseball season went extremely well, as in 8 starts, he finished with a 1.91 ERA and striking out 77. Manning first made an impact at the Perfect Game All-American Classic allowing 1 hit and striking out 1.

Manning also showed his talent at the WWBA World Championship where he threw 7 shutout innings and striking out 14. Manning was named high school baseball co-MVP for his work this season. Manning currently has a commitment to Loyola Marymount College however, he may waive the commitment should a major league team draft him.

Matt is known for his blazing fastball, clocking in at a peak of 95 MPH. Matt also has a solid curveball that can reach speeds in the upper 70’s and drops from 11 to 5. When his curveball is working it is very flashy and can be a great strikeout pitch.

However, Matt’s changeup still needs some work. Matt says he has some feel for it and claims it should be useable in games in the near future. Manning throws utilizing a 3 quarters arm slot and throws across his body, sometimes this causes him to follow through landing too closed.

This can lead to him losing his release point. However, this can easily be fixed with more development. Matt uses a leg kick for deception and has a loose arm action which allows him to keep his release point consistent.

Matt could be a solid pitcher with his well developed fastball and his solid curveball  as long has he continues to develop his changeup.