Build: Tall and big frame; sturdy with efficient weight distribution; power bottom; physically maxed.
Mechanics: 3/4 arm slot; plus arm speed; slight stab; slight spine tilt; loose and easy arm; moderate drive; easy effort; clean landing; tempo issues; top and bottom half will get out of sync and cause command to waver; pickoff move is a weapon; delivery times ~1.40 - 1.50.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
55; No. 3/No. 4 SP
Consistent velo; downhill plane; boring action; deception; below-average command; works agressively in all four quadrants; loses command when he loses tempo and begins to open up and alter arm slot.
Replicates arm speed; sharp bite with tilt; deception; strike-to-ball offering that will miss bats; release points currently inconsistent.
Replicates arm speed; moderate arm-side run; moderate tumble; feel and deception; uses against LHH and RHH; inconsistent release points and command; continued repitition and consistency in mechanics will help boost this offering.
Manaea has three average or better offerings and an easy delivery. He has a loose arm and hides the ball well out of his hand. Manaea is an advanced arm and would be close to the majors if not for the shoulder injury that sidelined him earlier this season. The only issue with Manaea is the command, which coincides with his ability to maintain tempo and hit the checkpoints in his delivery
Round Drafted: 1st round (34th overall), 2013. Signed for $3.55 million
Why: Seasoned arm with three potential average or better pitches; quick moving SP.