02/23/2019 - Mid Atlantic Regional Hitting Weekend (Ages 14-18)
Manuel is an athletic and talented 2020 prospect that was eager to learn and made several adjustments throughout the weekend. At the plate, Manuel starts in an open and athletic stance. He loads his hands back into the drive position, gets his front foot down on time, and creates backside drive with his lower half. He needs to continue to attack the inside part of the ball, keep his head behind the ball throughout the swing, and keep a middle approach. Manuel will continue to improve with experience and we hope to see his progress in the future.
12/16/2018 - College PREP - Madison (NYC), NJ
Manuel is a solid, thick catcher who will graduate in 2020. Behind the dish, he utilizes his feet well in working in line to his target through a clean transfer / exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times show a range of 2.28-2.44 with accuracy on his throws. Time will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. He displays a soft glove and sticks balls well in the zone. He uses his body through the blocking process, centering balls well out front. At the plate, he shows an athletic setup. Hands are loose and work through an aggressive swing path. He shows a feel for the barrel through a line drive approach with power showing best to the pull side. Power will increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently through the swing. With 2 years to further develop, Manuel has abilities with time and room to progress his game.