By Scott Barancik, Editor

Sometimes, a player slips through the cracks. And it can take quite a while for us to find them.

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Thanks to our friends at Jewish Sports Review, we now know about another athlete selected in the 2016 MLB draft: Scott Manea, a 40th-round pick of the New York Mets. (Yes, I said 2016.)

The right-handed catcher didn’t have a ton of college experience to point to before the draft. A Massachusetts native, he had just three plate appearances at N.C. State before spending a season at St. Petersburg College, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. He did hit .377, however, and drove in 46 RBIs in 175 at-bats.

Manea struggled a bit in his first pro season, hitting .105 in 38 rookie-league at-bats in 2016. But he made significant improvements with the short-season Brooklyn Cyclones in 2017, hitting .223 — .318 after the All-Star break — with a .380 on-base percentage, one home run and 11 RBIS in 112 at-bats. He also tossed out 11 of 46 attempted base-stealers (24%).


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