Underclass Invitational Q&A with 2020 OF/2B Grant Mannino

Jeff Markle
Assistant State Director


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With our first premier event of 2018 three weeks away, we will introduce you to players who are registered. Continuing our look at Underclass Invitational participants is 2020 OF/2B Grant Mannino of Denver School of Science and Technology.

PBR:  Describe yourself as a baseball player to those who have never seen you play:  

Mannino: I would describe myself as a player who prepares themselves for each and every game and works really hard to meet my expectations, which are always pretty high. 

PBR:  What would be your dream school to play baseball at?  If you have already committed to play at the next level, why did you choose that particular school? 

Mannino: My dream schools to play baseball at would be both the College of Charleston and the University of San Diego.

PBR:  What are your best assets on and off the field at this point in your high school career?   

Mannino: I think that my best asset as a baseball player is my ability to get on base - I draw a lot of walks and have the speed to beat out some ground balls and make things happen. Off the field, I work really hard in everything I do and am determined to meet my goals. I feel as if I always make the right decision and don't get caught up in any bad things. 

PBR:  What is the best baseball advice you have received and try to follow to this point in your career? 

Mannino: The best advice that I've ever gotten is to just keep working hard. At times, it's easy to worry about things you can't control, but I always remind myself to just keep working as hard as I can, and good things will come later. 

PBR: What does your off-season routine look like to prepare for the upcoming season? 

Mannino: During the off-season, I work out 3-4 times a week at a sports performance gym, and fill in the other days hitting in my basement or doing mirror work. Also, I try to ensure that I have a good diet that allows me to build muscle and get stronger overall. 

PBR:  What are your superstitions or routines that go on during a season? 

Mannino: I don't have any true superstitions, but I always like to get in the right mindset in which I'm calm and relaxed. I do this by taking a lot of time to stretch and listening to music. 

PBR:  What are your goals for: 

This Season: My goal for this year is to be recognized by a school that I am interested in, and perhaps invited to a camp of theirs. 

Two Years:  My goal in two years is to be playing college baseball, and majoring in something that I like, such as engineering or business. 

Four Years:  In four years, I would want to be performing well on and off the field at college by keeping good grades while also playing my best baseball.