DOB: 10/14/1988 (Age 27)
Place Of Birth: Pinehurst, North Carolina
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Seth Maness was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina to Michael Maness and Jan Andrews Benton, and has two siblings, Bailey and Tanner Maness. In High School, Maness played baseball all four years, earning All-State honors and being named Conference Player of the Year during his sophomore season. Maness also had the fortune of playing for his dad Michael during his high school career.
After high school, Maness accepted a scholarship offer to play baseball at East Carolina University. After one of his teammates went down with an injury, Maness moved from the middle infield to pitcher and never looked back. In 2010, Maness would be named Conference USA Player of the Year before being selected by the Florida Marlins in the 41st Round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Maness would stay in college for another season, and improve his stock tremendously. In 2011, Maness was drafted in the 11th Round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Then, Maness would begin a stellar minor league career. In 2012, he was named the Cardinals' Minor League Pitcher of the Year and helped Double-A Springfield claim their Minor League Team of the Year honor from Baseball America. Shortly after, Maness was called up to the Cardinals in early 2013 to aid a struggling bullpen. Although Maness pitched very well in 2013 including the postseason, he unfortunately gave up a three-run home run to Jonny Gomes in Game 4 of the 2013 World Series.
On January 15, 2016, Maness and the Cardinals avoided arbitration and agreed to a 1-year, $1.4 million contract.
As A Player
Position(s): Relief Pitcher
Bats: R Throws: R
Career W/L Record & ERA: 15-8, 3.15
Seth Maness has had an up and down career with the Cardinals thus far, pitching effectively out of the bullpen when he made his first appearances in 2013 and struggling a bit in 2015. With a 6'0" frame, Maness does not overpower hitters with a mid to high-90s fastball, usually working in the 80s to low 90s. The strength of his game is his control of all of his pitches. He can pinpoint his fastball on the corner just as well as his slider and change-up, making him an effective controller of the strikezone.
Maness does not walk a lot of hitters due to this great control, but he can take some damage without the commanding velocity. He has seen more trouble from major league hitters because they are able to get to pitchers easily if the command is only off by a fraction. Overall, Maness has some adjustments to make in the major leagues but can be dominant when his command is on point.