|(Smiley N. Pool, Houston Chronicle)|
Sean's one sentence analysis:
He'll never hit for power, but the defensively sound catcher has a keen ability to get on base and put the ball in play.
Thoughts from the community:
The lefty swinging catcher hit .291/.381/.348 in his career at Rice, starting 155 games over 4 years (and never less than 31 in a season). His plate discipline is beyond excellent (71 BB and 43 K in his college career) and he is considered to be a solid defensive catcher.
"Manuel isn't especially toolsy, but he's a lefthanded-hitting catcher with a tremendous work ethic. (He is a) good receiver with a decent arm." - Baseball America
"He’s been a starter for 3 years and has handled all of their big pitchers. Very good receiver, very good thrower. His coach called him one of the best situational hitters in college baseball." - Nationals national crosschecker Jimmy Gonzales
Manuel signed for $25,000, which is $100,000 below the slot amount for the 324th overall pick.