2019 Eastern League All-Star Game Rosters
The big-armed righthanders are the easy stars of the respective Eastern and Western Division rosters, which were released on Monday. Manning's teammate Casey Mize was also named to the Western Division's pitching staff, but he's on the injured list with right shoulder soreness.
Manning, 21, entered the year as the league's youngest pitcher (but not even the youngest player on his own team; that honor goes to infielder and fellow all-star Isaac Paredes) and has been dominant from the jump. The 6-foot-6, athletic righty has a league-best 98 strikeouts to go with a 6-4, 2.53 mark over 81.2 innings. He sports an electric fastball that he can run into the upper 90s, as well as wipeout curveball and a changeup that can elicit swings and misses.
Garcia, who is a full year younger than Manning, started the season at high Class A Tampa before making his Double-A debut on May 1. He's pitched 47 innings with Trenton since then and has piled up 76 strikeouts. That total includes a recent six-inning, 15-strikeout gem that earned him the top spot on the most recent Hot Sheet. He began the year with a three-pitch mix of a fastball, changeup and curveball, but has added a slider to round out his arsenal.
He’s really taken to the slider," Trenton manager Pat Osborn said. "It was more of ‘Hey, let’s see if he can start trying this pitch and see what it looks like, and it’s turned into an above-average major league slider. My personal opinion is that it’s going to become his wipeout pitch. I think it will kind of eventually overtake his curveball, but what we’re seeing is it’s actually helping his curveball too which is kind of cool."
Manning and the rest of the Western Division will have to navigate around Portland's Bobby Dalbec, who is tied for second in the league with 14 home runs. Dalbec is one of the league's premier power brokers and, if the game is forced into a tie-breaking home run derby as it did in 2018, would give his team an ace in the hole.
Reading first baseman Darick Hall, who also has 14 home runs, will buttress Dalbec in the Eastern Division lineup. Trenton's Chris Gittens, who is third in the league with a .940 OPS, will add some thump as well.
|Tanner Houck||P||Portland||Red Sox|
|Dedgar Jimenez||P||Portland||Red Sox|
|Zach Logue||P||New Hampshire||Blue Jays|
|Jhon Nunez||C||Portland||Red Sox|
|Bobby Dalbec||IF||Portland||Red Sox|
|Santiago Espinal||IF||New Hampshire||Blue Jays|
|Nash Knight||IF||New Hampshire||Blue Jays|
|Hoy Jun Park||IF||Trenton||Yankees|
|Forrest Wall||OF||New Hampshire||Blue Jays|