Manship Building Confidence

This past week, New Britain Rock Cats starting pitcher Jeff Manship was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. On Wednesday, he sat down with TCD Writer Matthew Stucko to talk about what that means to him, and how he feels the season is going so far.

New Britain's starting pitcher, Jeff Manship, was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for his best performance of the year so far this past Saturday.

"It will be a nice segue to my next start," Manship said. "It was a confidence builder for me. I'm hitting my spots better and getting ahead of hitters then staying ahead of hitters, which is key to being a successful pitcher."

The Twins' top pitching prospect threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball, walking one batter while striking out five against the Trenton Thunder. Trenton reached base in only one of the seven innings faced against the right-hander.

"I'm feeling pretty good. At first I struggled a little bit, but now I'm settling down. I'm starting to throw my pitches well and the velocity is getting up there. I feel like I'm hitting my spots better."

Manship has earned wins in his past last two starts.

"All of my pitches are working well right now besides my slider. That is a pitch right now that I am still trying to figure out and I'll get it down in time, but right now it is a little bit off."

Manship is 2-2 this season in his five starts, posting a 4.85 earned run average and a 18:9 strikeout:walk ratio. He is currently sixth in the league in innings pitched with 26.0. His next start will be tomorrow against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

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