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Matt Manning

Born: 01/28/1998 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 190
Mechanics
7/12: SWU, low leg kick, hitch and short stride, average arm circle to OTT. Not a lot of lower half, leg lift varies in height. Fast arm, but late acceleration to catch up, will lose release point. Funky, but athletic enough to repeat and mostly stay on line.

7/21: Hesitation has mostly smoothed out, slot closer to H3/4. Was feeling through his delivery more. Arm played catch-up all night.

Evaluator Jeffrey Paternostro
Report Date 07/25/2017
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Dates Seen 7/12/17, 7/21/17
OFP 55
Realistic 4: Middle reliever
MLB ETA 2021???
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 60 90-93 94 Missed to both sides, but at it's best would overwhelm hitters with plane and late cut. Gets good extension despite short stride, so the fastball gets on you in a hurry. Command profile is well-below-average at present, but only has to be around the zone to get swings and misses at this level. Better velo reports from early in the season, but dropped to upper-80s early in both outings.
Curveball 45 55 73-77 78 12-6 downer he can move to either side of the plate. Will ride high. Struggles to stay on top or start in zone. Flashed plus more consistently in first look.
CH 30 40 83 83 Didn't throw in the first start. Only a couple in the second look. Firm at present but good arm speed.
Overall

Athletic build with projection left. Only 19, but the stuff didn't wow in either look. Could come together quickly based on how it flashed, but extreme risk profile here given the inconsistent mechanics and inability to maintain velocity. Tough to see front-of-the-rotation upside at present, but two potential above-average pitches in fastball and curve. Wouldn't be shocked if he pops up at as a 7/6 reliever in a few years, but he'll get plenty of chances to put it together in the rotation.

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