According to Mangum, playing in these type tournaments should benefit him tremendously.
"Playing (for PSA Sox Blue) is helping me because I am seeing elite pitching, great pitching," said Mangum.
And he readily admits there is still a lot of work to be done for him to get to where he wants to be as a baseball player.
"I still have a lot of work to do," said Mangum, who throws right but bats from both sides. "I have to improve my hitting a little bit, work on my pitching and my outfield play. But the main thing is working on my hitting."
While a lot of work is still needed for the youngster, one thing he does have is good genes. His dad, John Mangum, played football at the University of Alabama. Jake also has dreams of playing in the SEC some day.
"I would love to play baseball at any SEC school," said Jake Mangum.
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