#18 Jeff Manto, C


Position: C
Date of Birth: 03/11/1999
Height: 6' 1"   Weight: 200 lbs
College Experience: Villanova University
Bats: L
Throws: R
Hometown: Bristol, Penn.


Villanova Career: A strong hitter from the left side of the plate who made consistent strides as a freshman a year ago … Has a terrific work ethic on and off the field which should allow him to continue growing into his potential … Versatile defensive player who has nearly exclusively played on the left side of the diamond but also worked to earn time at second base during the 2018 season … Appeared in 32 games as a freshman and built on his experience with a successful summer season … Was one of four Wildcats who won a league title playing for the Quakertown Blazers of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League … Ranked seventh in the league with a .554 slugging percentage during the regular season … Will be in the mix to compete for playing time as he begins his second collegiate campaign. 2020: Started six games… Slashed .150/.227/.450… Hit two home runs during the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, FL… Had three hits during the season, each producing an RBI… Reached safely twice against St. Louis on 3/1 and again against Western Michigan on 3/3… 2019: Appeared in 14 games making four starts… Reached safely in three consecutive games from 3/2-3/13… Worked three walks, notched a hit and scored a run during the three-game stretch… Recorded two RBIs against Army on 5/8… 2018: Played in 32 games and earned 13 starts … A third baseman by trade, he started to pick up time at second base midway through the season and wound up making eight starts there … Also started three times at third base and twice as the designated hitter … After struggling offensively through the first half of the season, he compiled a .355 on-base percentage in his final 14 games … Started all three games of the series against Butler from April 13-15 at second base, reaching base safely in all three contests … Went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the opener, then was 1-for-3 with a walk in the second game of the series … Doubled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly at La Salle on April 18 … Started at third base against Sacred Heart on March 16 and collected his first career hit while going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the game … Went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the season finale at Xavier. St. Joseph’s Prep: Earned four varsity letters in baseball and two in basketball … Played on the left side of the infield in baseball … Was a guard and a forward on the basketball team … Three-time All-Catholic League baseball selection, earning that distinction as a freshman, a sophomore and a senior … Also named All-City and All-Southeastern Pennsylvania as a senior … As a sophomore was selected for the Bucks County Golden Team … Three-time participant in the local Carpenter Cup from his sophomore through senior seasons … Was on the varsity basketball team as a sophomore and helped his team win a state title … Achieved First Honors status academically as a senior. Personal: Born 3/11/99 in Bristol, Pa. … Youngest of three children of Jeff and Denise Manto … Has two older sisters, Gabrielle (24) and Andreana (21) … Father played college baseball at Temple and went on to a successful professional career which included playing in the major leagues for eight teams over parts of nine seasons … Also played one season professionally in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants … Sister, Andreana, plays club tennis at Temple … Hobbies include playing basketball and guitar … Knew of Villanova’s excellent academic reputation when considering the school, and chose to enroll after the baseball recruiting process and as a result of enjoying the time he spent on campus … Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

2020 Roster »
18 Jeff Manto C
2 Caleb Roberts C
32 Tavan Shahidi C
1 Matty Warren IF
31 Davis Payne IF
3 Braden Forchic IF
4 Andrew Jenner IF
5 Mark Ready IF
6 Austin Chavis IF
7 Christian Larson IF
12 Cade Fergus OF
10 Michael Landry OF
30 Sam Murrison OF
33 Jackson Wenstrom OF
36 Earl Semper OF
19 Justin Alintoff P
35 Max Charnin P
28 Matt Martin P
8 Brandon Kaminer P
17 Carlos Hidalgo P
21 Stephen Kalayjian P
22 Mark Adamiak P
23 Patrick Quinn P
24 Zack Neto P
25 Will Hudson P
27 Tyler Judge P
29 Antonio Christopher P
37 Thomas Sullivan P
38 Devin Blair P
39 Ryan Steckline P
40 Tim Cunningham P
34 Zack Morris P
39 Jermaine Vanheyningen P
14 Christian Scott P
15 Tyler Roche P

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