LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: May 16, 1984
Drafted: 27th Round, 794th Overall, 2002 (Devil Rays)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
High School: Mt. Rainier (WA) HS
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Mann was a late-round pick out of high school by Tampa Bay. At the time he was drafted, he threw a four-seam fastball at 86-87 mph, along with a two-seamer and a change. He throws from a low, sidearm angle. Mann didn’t have a great deal of success in the minors over eight seasons, never appearing in Tampa’s top thirty prospects. His platoon splits have been highly variable and he’s not a groundball pitcher, nor does he strike out many batters. Mann played in Japan for two years, then was out of baseball for one, before the Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2014.
The Devil Rays started Mann off in advanced rookie ball, which is a little advanced for a high school draftee, and he had control problems in limited relief action.
Mann went back to the Appalachian League and made some progress as a starter.
Mann stayed in short season ball for a third year, still as a starter, and put up good numbers across the board.
In low A, Mann pitched respectably, but his walk and K rates took a big hit.
Mann struggled in the hitting-happy California League, allowing 19 HRs and a lot of baserunners.
Mann spent the season on the restricted list for unknown reasons.
The Rays sent Mann back to high A, this time to their new affiliate in the Florida State League. He did somewhat better than in 2006, mainly due to a lower walk rate, but if you adjust for the fact that he went from the best hitting league in the minors to the worst, it was probably about the same season. He gave up 18 HRs, so gopher balls were still a problem.
The Rays moved Mann up to AA, where he continued to pitch mainly as a starter. He cut his HRs allowed to six, but he also saw his K rate drop sharply. Mann became a free agent after the season and signed with the Dodgers during spring training.
The Dodgers sent Mann back to high A, where he pitched in relief in the California League. He struggled more than his ERA indicates and LA released him late in the season. He caught on with the independent Atlantic League and made five starts, with minimal success.
Mann signed with Yokohama in Japan and pitched mostly in relief. He was very effective in limited time.
Mann returned to Yokohama and pitched as a starter, with considerably less success.
The Nationals signed Mann over the winter to a minor league deal, but they released him at the end of spring training and he didn’t catch on anywhere else.
There’s nothing in Mann’s background that suggests he could be more than an organizational depth guy, probably at either Bradenton or Altoona, although he was not on any roster to start the season. He could start or relieve, as needed.
|2014: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: $47,500
MiLB Debut: 2002
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2014
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2002: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 27th round, 794th overall pick; signed on July 7.
November 9, 2009: Became a free agent.
March 7, 2010: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
August 20, 2010: Released by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
January 9, 2013: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Washington Nationals.
March 28, 2013: Released by the Washington Nationals.
December 2, 2013: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.