Manning is likely to start the season in the minors, according to executive vice president of baseball operations Al Avila, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The Tigers protected the right-hander from the Rule 5 draft in November by placing him on the 40-man roster. While a lot of plans can evolve leading up to and during spring training, Manning currently appears to be a long shot to break camp with the big club. With that being said, the 22-year-old figures to have a solid chance of making his major-league debut at some point in 2021.
Manning had his contract selected by the Tigers on Friday.
The 22-year-old is the Tigers' top pitching prospect, so it's not much of a surprise the organization opted to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Manning made 24 starts at Double-A Erie in 2019 and had a 2.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 148:38 K:BB over 133.2 innings and spent the 2020 campaign at the alternate training site before being shut down in late August with a forearm strain. The right-hander shouldn't have any issues being ready for spring training and could be competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Manning said Tuesday that he feels 100 percent after recovering from a minor forearm issue over the summer, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Manning said that his forearm strain would have only cost him a few weeks of minor-league action during a normal season. It wound up costing him the chance to make his big-league debut but seems unlikely to be a long-term problem. He's been able to play catch and expects to be at full speed by spring training.
Manning has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a right forearm strain, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
General manager Al Avila described the injury as a "slight" strain, per Evan Woodbery of MLive.com, and the Tigers felt the best thing to do would be to shut the prospect down for the rest of the abbreviated 2020 season. The hope is that Manning will be able to avoid surgery, though whether he's able to do so will likely depend on how his forearm responds to rest and non-surgical methods of treatment.
General manager Al Avila said Manning needs to continue developing his command, control and make mechanical tweaks at the Tigers' alternate training site, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. "It's a little bit longer with him now," Avila said Monday.
Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal got the call Monday, but Manning was surprisingly not brought up alongside the Tigers' other top pitching prospects. Avila expressed optimism that Manning and other prospects wouldn't be too far behind the ones called up early this week, but the fact that we know Mize and Skubal are up and confirmed as starters makes them preferable adds in redraft leagues over Manning.
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.
Manning was invited to the Tigers' major-league spring training Thursday.
Manning was very effective at the Double-A level in 2019, posting a 2.56 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP over 133.2 innings. The right-hander will get to work with the major-league coaching staff in spring training and could end up reaching the majors at some point in 2020.
Manning has a 2.60 ERA and 102:28 K:BB over 86.2 innings with Double-A Erie this year.
In his first full season at the Double-A level, Manning has been dominant, with opponents hitting just .194 against him. The 21-year-old recently earned a spot on the American League's Futures Game roster, and a promotion to Triple-A could be in order later this year for one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.
Manning struck out 10 across seven one-hit shutout frames in his second start of the season for Double-A Erie.
He now boasts a 0.75 ERA, 0.42 WHIP and .054 average against through two starts. It was good to see him rebound against a weak Altoona lineup after walking three in five innings in an otherwise stellar first start of the season. Manning is one of the game's top pitching prospects and now has four career starts at Double-A under his belt. He should head to Triple-A sometime this summer, and a 2019 big-league debut is not out of the question.
Manning was promoted to Double-A Erie on Friday.
Manning earned his second promotion of the season after pitching even better for High-A Lakeland than he did for Low-A West Michigan. He cut his ERA from 3.40 to 2.98 and lowered his walk rate from 11.8 percent to 9.3 percent without suffering a meaningful drop in strikeouts (32.1 percent to 31.7 percent). Manning will be able to make a start or two for Erie before the end of the Double-A season and should open 2019 at the same level, pushing for a promotion to Triple-A sometime next year.
Manning tossed five shutout innings and struck out nine while giving up one hit and two walks in his debut Wednesday for High-A Lakeland.
The 20-year-old endured no hiccups in his first start in the Florida State League, allowing only three baserunners while pumping in 64 of 92 pitches for strikes. Dating back to his final two outings at Low-A West Michigan, Manning has ceded just one earned run and has racked up 23 strikeouts in his last 19 innings. He likely won't be under consideration for a full-time appointment to the big leagues until at least 2020, but his big frame (6-foot-6, 190 pounds) and an arsenal that contains multiple plus offerings give Manning top-of-rotation upside if he can continue to make strides with his command and control.
Manning was promoted to High-A Lakeland on Wednesday.
Manning, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2016 draft, has electric stuff but has moved fairly slowly because of how difficult his arsenal can be to command at 6-foot-6. He posted a 3.40 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 76:28 K:BB in 55.2 innings after finishing 2017 strong for Low-A West Michigan. If Manning is able to hold his own at High-A and limit the free passes, he should continue to climb up prospect lists due to his frontline-caliber stuff, highlighted by a mid-to-high 90s fastball and wipeout slider.
Manning worked a career-high seven scoreless innings for Low-A West Michigan in its 8-0 win over Dayton on Sunday. He gave up three hits and a walk and struck out six.
Manning commanded and controlled his fastball effectively against both left- and right-handed hitters Sunday in what may have been the finest outing of his young career. The 20-year-old righty lowered his ERA to 3.70 and has generated 68 punchouts over 48.2 innings in his return trip to the Midwest League. He'll likely be in store for a promotion to High-A Lakeland within the next few weeks.
Manning struck out nine over six scoreless innings Tuesday for Low-A West Michigan. He scattered three hits and one walk in the start.
It was the best of the right-hander's six starts this season, with Manning pounding the zone for 58 strikes on 87 pitches and whiffing the side in the second inning. Perhaps more significantly, Manning walked just one batter for the second time in three starts, an encouraging sign after he issued 12 free passes in his first three outings of the season. If the 20-year-old continues to curb the walks in his subsequent starts, he'll likely earn a promotion to High-A Lakeland at some point this summer.
Manning (oblique) was activated from the minor-league disabled list Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic Detroit reports.
Manning is ready to make his 2018 debut after spending the first few weeks of the season on the shelf with an oblique strain. He'll report back to Low-A West Michigan, where he'll look to improve his command and consistency after posting a 5.60 ERA and 5.6 BB/9 across five starts (17.2 innings) there last season.
Manning was diagnosed with a low-level oblique strain and will rest until he is pain free and then resume a throwing program.
The Tigers were very intent on making it clear that this is not an injury that they think will lead to surgery, but that is still a possibility if his pain does not subside. According to the team, he is expected to start the year in extended spring training for a couple weeks before being activated at Low-A West Michigan. His dynasty-league stock should take a small hit due to this news.
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|2018||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||51.1||9||9||0||4||4||0||65||19||32||2.99||0.998|