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Tommy Manzella

Tommy Manzella
Name: Thomas Samuel Manzella
Born: Apr 16, 1983 in Chalmette, La. USA
High School: Archbishop Hannan HS, Goodbee, La.
College: Tulane
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (89th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2005 (signed for $289,000)
Manzella wasn't drafted a year ago after hitting .311 in a lackluster junior season, but his stock is rising along with his offensive performance in 2005. He's a legitimate shortstop with some potential at the plate, a fifth-round talent who could go higher than that because he comes with a discount as a college senior. His situation is similar to that of Tony Giarratano, his predecessor as Tulane's shortstop. Giarratano rebounded from a terrible 2002 season to go to the Tigers in the third round of the 2003 draft. Manzella has better hands and instincts but less speed than Giarratano, whom he pushed to second base in 2002. It remains to be seen whether Manzella can make the huge jump with his bat that Giarratano has since turning pro. His range and arm are at least average, so he should be able to stay at shortstop.
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