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1/16/1985 (32 y, 1 m, 8 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 14, Pick: 20, Overall: 426, Team: Minnesota Twins
$0.8M / 1 Years (2016)
Manship signed with the NC Dinos of the KBO on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. (1/21/2017)
Jeff Manship Surrounded by Men, Ships
Robert J. Baumann (NotGraphs)
Minnesota Twins: Top 10 Prospects
Marc Hulet (FanGraphs)
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In his limited time (139 1/3 innings, parts of six different seasons), Jeff Manship has put together a pretty uninspiring body of work. Most of his pitch-type data don’t present reasons to be excited, although the samples are limited and spread out. He has yet to show that he has anything resembling consistently good command, and most of his stuff is below-average for swings and misses as well as ground balls. Despite his poor results as an exclusive reliever for Philadelphia in 2014, (6.65 ERA, 15.2% strikeout rate, 13.3% walk rate in 23 frames), his stuff had considerably more life than it showed in any previous campaign. Still, Manship would have to build on that, command and locate it a lot better, and maybe even come up with a better plan in order to improve his outcomes. And then, to be relevant, ascend to a role that matters to fantasy owners. Tall order for the 30-year-old. (Nicholas Minnix)
The Quick Opinion:
Manship has yet to make anything but a negative impact at the major league level thanks to his sub-par repertoire. He’s a long way from fantasy relevance.
He's part Man, part Ship, and one of the best stories of 2015. Manship spent 2006-2009 coming up through the Twins organization, then through 2014, spent part of every year in the majors, making 10 starts and 62 relief appearances, posting an ugly 6.46 ERA over 139.1 innings. He couldn't strike anyone out, he walked everyone, he gave up a ton of hits and was an easy target for homers, as well. On June 19, 2015, after a lights out start to the year in Triple-A Columbus, Manship made his first appearance for the Indians, walking one and striking out two in a scoreless inning. The rest of the year, he made 31 more appearances, throwing 39.1 innings and posting an insane 0.92 ERA. Instead of about five or six strikeouts per nine, he was over 7.5. Instead of nearly four walks per nine, he was under 2.5. His FIP was nearly triple his ERA, but even that was 2.63. Manship never gave up more than one run in an appearance. Manship, for the first time in his career, at age 31, will enter the season a lock for a roster spot and a candidate for eighth inning duties in Cleveland. He still doesn't get the strikeouts you want from a fantasy relief arm, but he could be an under-the-radar holds play, if you can live with the limited strike outs. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
A year ago, Jeff Manship looked like he was closer to being out of baseball than he was to save chances. He still isn't all that close to saves, but he should be a fixture in the backend of the Indians bullpen this year, providing some holds, though likely not many strikeouts.
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