Chat Transcript from Wednesday’s Chat with Baseball America Writer John Manuel
John Manuel, a senior writer for Baseball America magazine and Baseball America.com, stopped by the ClemsonTigers.com moderated chat room on Wednesday. The college baseball expert discussed a variety of topics, including Baseball America’s rankings, the upcoming ACC baseball tournament, Clemson’s NCAA positioning and potential Tiger draftees.
A North Carolina graduate, John has worked for BA since 1996 and has been the main college baseball writer since 1998, when he attended his first regional ever–at Clemson. He still ranks the Tigers’ 16-inning, 2-1 loss that year to South Alabama as one of the best college games he has ever seen. John also recently celebrated his third wedding anniversary with his wife Becky Kirkland.
Manuel: Miami will definitely add to the ACC in baseball. However, the bottom line of the ACC is it will never be considered the top conference in baseball until it gets it done in Omaha. That’s no offense to anyone in particular. Miami has won four titles, but none while in the ACC. Until someone finally breaks through and wins the CWS for the first time in 50 years, the ACC can’t be considered the best conference.
I have a question for the chatters. Who is the only ACC team to win a College World Series?
Manuel: They’re both going to go pretty good. We’ve got Johnson right in that same 2nd-3rd round range that we had him last year. Steven Jackson has definitely helped himself a lot with his last two starts. I heard his Duke start may have been the best of his career. I think he’ll definitely be in the first 10 rounds and probably the first five.
I don’t think Johnson hurt himself by coming back. He’s been pitched around a lot. I don’t think he could have really enhanced his positioned by coming back, but I don’t think he hurt his draft position either.
April 22, 2019