Manning fanned six batters but allowed three homers in his five-inning season debut at Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. All told, Manning allowed six hits, five runs and a walk over his five innings. He found the strike zone with 51 of his 80 pitches but was obviously done in by the long ball. He'll look to build on the effort in his next start and remains a candidate for a rotation spot later in the summer if he can remain healthy.
Manning is set to start Tuesday's season opener for Triple-A Toledo, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. This isn't much of a surprise, as Manning is considered the team's top pitching prospect and he's expected to make his MLB debut sometime this summer, so he should headline the staff in Toledo while he's there. There isn't a definitive timeline for the 23-year-old to reach the majors, but he can help his cause by getting off to a hot start for the Mud Hens.
The Tigers optioned Manning to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The 2016 first-round pick had been given the opportunity to compete for a rotation spot this spring, but since the Tigers have yet to start his MLB service clock, the prevailing expectation was that he would begin the year in the minors. Tuesday's transaction confirms that will be the case, though Manning could still appear in Grapefruit League games as he looks to build back up after a forearm strain cost him time in 2020. He'll likely remain at the Tigers' spring-training facility in Lakeland, Fla. for another month before reporting to Toledo when the Triple-A season begins in May.
Manning pitched two scoreless innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. He allowed one hit and struck out one. Manning threw 25 pitches (16 for strikes) and was effective in his spring debut. The 23-year-old is one of the team's top prospects and will compete for a rotation spot to begin the season, though he could begin the year in the minors and make his MLB debut later in the summer.
Manning will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday, pitching after Daniel Norris, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Manning is one of the team's best prospects and is closing in on his MLB debut, though it's likely to happen sometime in the summer rather than right out of spring training. The 23-year-old will still be looking to make a good impression during his Grapefruit League action, and he could be an impact arm whenever he does reach the majors. He posted a 2.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 148 strikeouts across 133.2 innings in 2019 with Double-A Erie, then spent last season at the Tigers' alternate training site.
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