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Robert Manuel

What the numbers say:

-103/12 K/BB between three levels in 2008

-Tons of fly balls

-Good control

What the scouting report says:

-Only reasonable command


-Fastball that has topped out - topped out - at 87mph

-Loves to throw his change

-Unimpressive slider

-No out pitch


If Manuel wants to succeed in the Major Leagues, he's facing an uphill battle, because minor league numbers be damned, his repertoire is bad, and it's not like he relies on a tricky delivery or anything. Quite honestly, as down as I am on Wlad, I figured we'd be able to get a little more in return. This is moderately disappointing.