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Detroit Tigers Scouting Report: 2016 First Round Pick RHP Matt Manning

The Tigers jumped at the opportunity to snag one of the top prep arms in the 2016 MLB Draft in the first round, 9th overall, in right-hander Matt Manning. Despite the concerns over his bonus demands and ability to sign him, there's a lot to like with the addition of Manning.

Matt Manning



Position: Right-Handed Pitcher

Date of Birth: 1/28/1998

Height/Weight: 6’6/185

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Acquired: 2016 MLB Draft, 1st Round (9th Overall)


Scouting Report

Body: Excellent height; very long and extremely lean; room to add considerable muscle without impacting athleticism or looseness; premium athlete; extremely projectable.


Delivery/Mechanics: Still evolving; improved consistency during senior season; relatively simple windup; pitches from ¾ arm slot; arm stroke can get a little long at times; plus arm speed; good extension out front; loose and easy throughout delivery; has potential to continue refining mechanical profile which will lead to stronger command profile.


Fastball: Premium pitch; easily works 93-95 during every outing; rarely dips below that range; can run it up to 96-97 at times; additional velocity may be in the tank as he gets stronger and fills out his lanky frame; potential to sit 95-97 mph down the line and could reach 98-99 mph when he needs more; easy life on offering; explodes on hitters; will show some ASR at times; difficult to barrel. Grade – Present 6/Future 7


Curveball: Gaining consistency; power offering; thrown with purpose; tight spin and good bite; hard downward break at its best; can miss bats and could be second plus pitch at peak; continued improvement of delivery and consistent release point could lead to greater ability to throw pitch in all counts with confidence. Grade – 5/6+


Changeup: Hasn’t needed third pitch much against prep completion; pitch is work in progress; shows occasional feel with good arm speed; can wear FB disguise at times; well below-average offering at present; potential to be average pitch with focus and effort, but could be useable in below-average range if development of pitch stalls. Grade – 3/4+


Control/Command: Showing improved command throughout spring; has ability to move ball east/west; must learn to work ladder against more polished hitters; improved mechanical consistency has allowed him to locate better during senior season; command of CB has also improved in recent months; exceptional athlete that gives him a chance to continue refining delivery and really take command to the next level.


Other: Good confidence on the mound; attacks hitters and likes to show off his best stuff; must develop ability to field position and work pickoffs.


Final Word

Summary: Premium prospect; electric fastball with potential swing-and-miss curveball; high-end athlete; excellent frame with room for more strength; already owns plus FB and average CB, but has chance to develop pitches quite a bit more, possibly maxing out with 7/6/5 arsenal; will take some time to develop both physically and in game action.


Risk: High risk; Typical high school pitcher risk; needs to develop physically to handle rigors of pitching every fifth day.


Projection: Potential frontline starting pitcher with command and changeup development; FB and CB can carry the load; could still start with just two premium pitches and solid command; can project to #2 starter level with chance for even higher projection depending on developmental progress.



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