Tigers Select RHP Matt Manning No. 9 Overall

With the 9th overall selection in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, the Tigers selected Matt Manning, a lanky righty out of Sheldon High School (CA). Standing at 6’6″ and 195 pounds, Manning is similar to many high school pitchers in that he is most known for his fastball, which tops out at 99 mph. Despite ranking the righty as the No. 11 prospect in this year’s draft, MLB Pipeline does classify him as a bit of a project due to his lack of efficiency beyond the straight-up heat. With the proper development of a good curveball and change-up, it is possible that the Tigers have found a true top ten gem. A great aspect of Manning’s game on the hill is his athleticism, a genetic quality that comes from his father, Rick Manning, a former NBA player. Matt was in the limelight in both baseball and basketball at Sheldon, and recently committed to play both sports at Loyola Marymount. Going into the draft, the Tigers knew that a wise choice with this selection could lead to many great fortunes for organization, given that past first round righties Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander went on to have stories of great success. Also, this selection concludes the Tigers night in Studio 42, as their second round pick was forfeited in the signing of Jordan Zimmermann to a 5 year deal and and their third round pick was spent on the signing of OF Justin Upton to a six year deal this past offseason. Detroit’s next selection will be 115th overall in tomorrow’s fourth round.

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