Dylan Manwaring, son of former San Francisco Giants catcher Kirt Manwaring, was signed on March 28 to a minor league contract by his father's team of ten seasons. Earlier that same day, Dylan was released by the Atlanta Braves, who drafted him in the ninth round of the 2013 draft, after three disappointing seasons in rookie ball.
His father Kirt was selected in the second in 1986 by the Giants, where he went on to appear in 709 games while collecting 16 home runs and 207 RBIs. He earned a gold glove in 1993, finishing the year with 45 percent accuracy when attempting to throw out base stealers — the National League's second highest percentage that year. He was traded during the 1996 season to Houston for Rick Wilkins, spending the remainder of that season with the Astros before finishing his career with the Colorado Rockies for three years.
Dylan, playing exclusively third base with both the Gulf Coast Braves and Danville Braves, batted .157 in 330 plate appearances. The Giants will look to convert him into a right-handed pitcher, something he succeeded at in high school. Perfect Game had him topping out at 92 mph in 2013 before the draft. He'll likely spend the season in Extended Spring Training while coaches work to complete the transition to pitcher, putting him on track for an AZL Giants or Salem-Keizer Volcanoes placement by mid-June.
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