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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
St. John's (S) C Manea commits to NC State

By Brendan Hall

St. John's of Shrewsbury Class of 2014 catcher Scott Manea gave a verbal commitment to North Carolina State earlier today, he told ESPNBoston.com tonight.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Manea was also considering New Mexico State, Maine, Boston College and Vanderbilt.

"It was the right fit, location wise, great conference in the ACC, great coaching staff, I'm really excited about the opportunity," he said.

He added, "Im extremely excited. I was waiting for the right school with the right offer to come, and when I found out about NC State it felt right, and I'm extremely excited."

Manea hit .320 with 20 RBI this past spring for the Pioneers, who reached the semifinals of the MIAA Division 1 Central tournament. At Area Code Games last week in Long Beach, Calif., Manea recorded pop times between 1.9 and 1.96, above average for his peers.

In talking about Manea's commitment, Pioneers head coach Charlie Eppinger brought past St. John's greats like John Andreoli (Cubs) and Garrett Smith (Rays), both currently toiling in minor league systems, and said that Manea "has got the same ceiling as those guys."

"He's a power hitter that just didn't show it for us [last spring]," Eppinger said. "He was hit by a ton of pitches too, because he was on top of plate, but his on-base percentage was up to around .500. He makes all of our pitchers better, he's an outstanding catcher that has potential to be a great hitter -- he's a four-tool hitter. Not the quickest of guys on the basepath but he's working to get better.

"He hits for average, hits for power, tremendous defensively, and calls a good game. I allow catchers to call -- I talk to them between innings, and that's about it -- and he calls a great game. He makes all of our pitchers better, they all enjoy working with him."