After a great collegiate career at Louisville, Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Devin Mann is adjusting to the daily demands of professional baseball. While Mann has noticed many differences between the two levels of play; the prospect noted the change in his body preparation as the biggest difference so far.
“I think the every day atmosphere is the biggest difference,” explained Mann, who was drafted in the fifth round of June’s Major League Baseball Draft. “In pro ball you have to adjust to playing every day. You have long days sometimes and you need to adjust your body to that.”
Mann is continuing to adjust to that every day routine at the plate. Currently carrying a .252/.339/.327 slash line in 147 at-bats split between the Dodgers’ rookie ball affiliate in Arizona, and the Low-A Great Lakes Loons.
Those numbers should rise soon, as Mann was primarily known for his ability to get on base during his collegiate career at Louisville. In fact, Mann finished his NCAA career with an impressive .408 on base percentage after 552 at-bats for the Cardinals, and that talent will continue to transition in pro ball, as the prospect works on his plate approach.Los Angeles @Dodgers prospect and 2018 draftee Devin Mann is learning a new approach at the plate with the Low-A @greatlakesloons.Click To Tweet
Finding an approach that feels good in pro ball is something that Mann has been continuously working on with the coaches in Great Lakes. “I think my approach has been good, but I’ve had some learning curves and adjustments to make in pro ball,” stated Mann. “I think my approach is getting better every day. I’m listening to the coaches, and I feel it’s going well.”
But Mann wants to be more than just a great hitter, he also wants to be equally reliable in the field. Competing at two different positions in pro ball to date; Mann has logged 285 innings at second base maintaining a .959 fielding percentage, and an additional 11 flawless innings at first base.
Despite the great start, Mann admits he wants to improve in the field. “Defensively is something I need to work on the most,” said Mann. “I think I have made strides, but it’s a work in progress, and you need to get better at it every day.” Be sure to follow Devin Mann’s progression in pro ball this season, and for years to come.