Scott Manea – Road To Recruitment

January 6, 2019

Organization: Houston Astros
Drafted: 2014 – Seattle Mariners
Position: Catcher
Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
High School: St. John’s High School
College: North Carolina State & St. Petersburg Junior College

About Scott Manea…

Scott Manea was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 40th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft out of St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He did not sign and played college baseball at North Carolina State University and St. Petersburg Junior College. On July 28, 2016, Manea was signed as a free agent to a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

Manea had a breakout 2018 season both offensively and defensively. At the plate, he produced his best marks in batting average (.261) and slugging percentage (.432) thanks to 23 doubles and 12 home runs in 405 plate appearances. Behind the dish, he threw out 29 of 48 would-be stealers (60.4 percent) and was named a Minor League Baseball Organization All-Star for the Mets.

On January 6, 2019, Manea was traded to the Houston Astros organization.

On Recruitment…

I was drafted out of high school but I had a very good Division 1 commitment and decided to go to college instead. I actually did two different colleges. I went to North Carolina State out of high school, then St. Petersburg Junior College. It’s all about a decision that works for you. It depends on your situation, what you want, and what you’re physically and mentally ready for.

On Getting Drafted…

After Junior College, I was expecting to get drafted. But I actually ended up not getting drafted. It was definitely a rollercoaster experience but I knew deep down that’s what I really wanted to do. So when the opportunity came to sign a free agent deal after the draft I knew it was the right decision for me.

It’s a huge adjustment becoming a professional. There are a lot of different routes for people who make it to the big leagues and have successful careers. It’s all about doing what’s best for you. Everybody has a different story.

On The Baseball Mindset…

Stick to the basics and just focus more on the process and the results. That’s something that Jeremy preaches a lot with PROGRAM 15. It’s focusing on your process, knowing what you are doing every day when you step into the box and not really focusing too much on the end results but more on what you’re doing each hit to get yourself better.

On Working With PROGRAM 15…

I met Jeremy up in Boston eight to ten years ago and have been working with him ever since then. It’s just a really great atmosphere in Houston. With guys coming in from all other organizations working together. Everybody has a common goal, to make it to the bigs. When you have a group of people that all have that common goal it makes working hard fun and lot more productive.

On Getting To The Next Level…

When it comes to JUCO versus D1 it doesn’t really matter. If you’re good enough, they’re going to find you. If you can play the game at any level the scouts will be there to see you.

It all depends on your skill set, your desire, your work ethic, your background. All that kind of stuff plays into it. With the draft, it either happens or doesn’t. It’s not really something you can prepare for because it’s a different situation every day with every different person.
Just be the best player you can be. Work hard, work smart and get after it. As long as you just focus on working hard then the result will take care of itself.