We all continue to wonder how Manship remained available when the Twins selected him in the fourteenth round of the 2006 draft. Signing late that summer, Jeff only pitched a few innings for the GCL Twins and Miracle, but 22 strikeouts in 14.1 innings caused the Twins to take note that they may have found a gem. The following season, Jeff was a Midwest League All-Star and the Twins Pitcher of the Month in April. He had a 7-1 record with a 1.51 ERA in 77.2 innings with 77 strikeouts and only 9 walks for Beloit. He was promoted to Ft. Myers following the all-star game, compiling a 8-5 record in 71.1 innings with a 3.15 ERA, 59 strikeouts and 25 walks in the second half of the season.
Jeff was the winner last Tuesday, when the Miracle won 5-0 behind his 9 inning complete game shutout when he allowed 4 hits with 5 strikeouts and no walks. Jeff is 7-2 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 60 strikeouts and 20 walks in 72.2 innings.
Congratulations on a great game Jeff. Was is one of your last starts for the Miracle?