On May 3rd Manning was roughed up while pitching against the Peoria Chiefs. Manning gave up five runs on seven hits in just two innings of work. Manning started the season against the Great Lakes Loons posting a 7.36 ERA.
On Tuesday afternoon saw Manning pitch the best start of his career with the Tigers organization. The Tiger’s No.2 prospect pitched six scoreless innings for the West Michigan Whitecaps as the team posted a 1-0 victory over the Fort Wayne Tin Caps.
The outing matched Manning’s longest career start in baseball. It’s the fourth time he’s been able to pitch for six innings in one game. After starting the game off with a walk, the righty struck out six straight including the side in the second.
After five starts Manning had a 5.60 ERA but has bounced back since dropping his overall ERA to 4.05. The Tigers have been in no rush to rush the 2016 first rounder up through the minors and into the majors. So far, it’s been paying off the Tigers organization as the righty has been able to correct his consistency issues.