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 Post subject: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:08 pm 
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LHP/OF Jake Mangum
L/L, 3/8/96
Mississippi State (SO)
6'1", 185 lbs

Ranked 180 by MLB

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Rank: 134

Mangum burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2016, when he hit .408 and helped Mississippi State to a Southeastern Conference title. Mangum, the son of former Chicago Bears and Alabama defensive back John Mangum, played through a broken left hand—his throwing hand—as a sophomore. He missed just two games all season and hit .324. A draft-eligible sophomore, he was a difficult sign and chose to return to school after being taken in the 30th round by the Yankees. After a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, Mangum is back to full health and has returned to his freshman form. His game is based around his contact ability and well above-average speed. The switch-hitter has exceptional bat-to-ball skills and takes full advantage of his speed at the plate, though to the detriment of hitting for power. He is an aggressive hitter and rarely walks as a result. Mangum’s speed also plays well in center field, where he is an above-average defender with a solid arm. His game is something of a throwback, but his feel for hitting, speed and defensive ability give him some sought-after tools.

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The Southeastern Conference freshman of the year and batting champion (.408) in 2016, Mangum hasn’t quite matched that production since but has continued to catalyze Mississippi State’s lineup the last two years. Draft-eligible as a 21-year-old sophomore in 2017, he turned down the Yankees as a 30th-round pick, lasting that long only because of questionable signability. He may have the best football family in this year’s Draft, as his grandfather John Sr., father John Jr. and uncle Kris all played professionally.

Mangum’s best tool is his speed, which grades as plus-plus out of the batter’s box but doesn’t play quite that fast and hasn’t translated into elite basestealing or defensive ability. A switch-hitter, he concentrates on making contact and getting on base, an approach that leaves him with almost no power. He’s doing a better job of working counts and drawing walks as a junior, though he still needs more patience to become a true tablesetter.

Mangum also has improved his jumps and reads this year, making him a solid defender in center field. He has a stronger arm than most players at his position, having reached 93 mph with his fastball when he started five games on the mound as a sophomore. He proved his grit by playing through a broken left hand for much of last season.

The Mets took Mangum as a pitcher and the question will obviously be his sign-ability. He is 22 but is still just a junior. Someone ranked this high who also falls this far is unlikely to sign.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:18 pm 
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so he grades out as a good hitter with tree turner speed and we want to turn him into a pitcher


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:33 pm 
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Did the Mets announce him as a pitcher or is it just a mistake by MLB?


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
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IlikeIKE wrote:
so he grades out as a good hitter with tree turner speed and we want to turn him into a pitcher


We did the same to A.J. Reed.

By the way, Reed seems to be stuck in AAA. Not the prospect he was a few years back.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
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underdog wrote:
Did the Mets announce him as a pitcher or is it just a mistake by MLB?

Had to be a mistake.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
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https://twitter.com/jakemangum15/status ... 7899689984

Not a shock he's returning to school.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
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Mogriffjr wrote:
https://twitter.com/jakemangum15/status/1004531677899689984

Not a shock he's returning to school.

Figured. Have to assume money isn't an issue for him bc next yr he's not going to get himself any bonus. I'm sure he knows that.

On a similar note, the Red Sox took Zach Watson of LSU with their last pick. I think he was draft eligible soph, so he prob just set a high price and I assume also is likely to go back to school.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:35 pm 
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Maybe the Mets can give him something to think about once they see how much bonus pool money they have left.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
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I wonder if a certain CWS result coupled with that extra savings the Mets have may get him to change his mind.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
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sluger11787 wrote:
I wonder if a certain CWS result coupled with that extra savings the Mets have may get him to change his mind.


Not sure he's the first choice I'd burn money on. I would hope they try to entice Clarke and Darcy first...

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
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Wonder if Mangum has something to think about with reports that Mississippi State is about to hire the coach from Indiana?


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 NYM Draft: Round 32, Pick 950: LHP Jake Mangum
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underdog wrote:
Wonder if Mangum has something to think about with reports that Mississippi State is about to hire the coach from Indiana?


Interesting, that's a bit of a surprise. Still though, I'd think he'd have to be pretty outraged to base his choice on the news. Especially since I'm not sure how much you are willing to spend on the kid. He's a bit of a project, especially if going to the mound, and he'll be 23 by the start of next season.


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