Manning was reassigned to the Tigers' alternate training site Monday. Manning and fellow top pitching prospect Casey Mize were both sent to the Tigers' alternate camp in Toledo. If there was a minor-league season in 2020, Manning would have likely pitched at Triple-A and been in line for a promotion to the majors at some point. That could still happen this summer, but the 22-year-old won't be on Detroit's Opening Day roster.
Manning will be a part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season. Manning is not on the 40-man roster, but this move comes as little surprise as many MLB teams are electing to add top prospects to their 60-man squads for developmental reasons. The 22-year-old could make his MLB debut at some point this season after a dominant 2019 at the Double-A level.
Manning will likely be on the Tigers' 20-man taxi squad when the regular season gets underway, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. In addition to their normal 40-man rosters, MLB teams will use 20-player taxi squads for further depth during the abbreviated season. And with the minor league season unlikely to happen, taxi squads will also undoubtedly be used to get work for top prospects. Manning certainly fits the bill as a top prospect, so expect the Tigers to put him on their taxi squad. The 22-year-old will use the opportunity to continue his development, and he could find himself in the majors at some point this year.
Manning might not make his MLB debut this season due to the suspension of play, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Manning wasn't a lock to make his MLB debut this year even if the season started on time, but the Tigers might be even more reluctant to promote their prized righty given the current circumstances. The 22-year-old probably needed some solid showings at Triple-A to get the call, and if he's unable to do that, the team could simply hit the pause button until 2021.
Manning pitched two innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves. He allowed a hit and an unearned run. Manning, who is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, received an invite to major-league camp after a dominant 2019 at Double-A. The 22-year-old will likely begin the season at Triple-A, but he could make his MLB debut at some point this year for a Tigers team that isn't expected to compete for a playoff spot and could turn to younger players down the stretch.
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