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Round 33 (985) - Justin Libey

 Angola, IN

 Manchester College

School Type/Year

 Four Year College / Senior

Birth Date
Age When Drafted
Signing Status
Signing Date
First Pro Team
 Batavia (NYP League)
2003 School
 Had no remaining college eligibility

Draft History

•  Has never been drafted.

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Amateur Stats

Manchester College
2003 6-4 2.24 11 88.1 - - 22 16 65 - -
2002 11-1 2.18 14 86.2 - - 21 27 79 - -
2001 4-6 5.24 10 68.2 - - 40 22 42 - -
2000 5-3 5.14 13 64.0 - - 42 23 41 - -

Professional Stats

2004 Lakewood (A) 0-0 6.52 0 5 9.2 13 8 7 3 4 0 -
2003 Batavia (SS-A) 4-4 2.78 1 17 68.0 68 31 21 24 63 4 -

Amateur Honors

• 2003 All-Heartland (HCAC) Conference team
• 2002 All-Heartland (HCAC) Conference team
• 2002 American Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-American
• 2002 All-Mideast Regional
• 2002 First Team All-Americans for NCAA Division III baseball

Interesting Tidbits

Quotes (from player)

The Phillies were pretty much the most interested team throughout the season. The Atlanta Braves and five or six other teams also came to games.
- On the interest shown in him by pro teams (from the Wabash Plain Dealer)

The last four years I've been getting better. When I started at Manchester I only threw 83 (mph) and when I left I threw 90. It started at the end of my sophomore year. I didn't have that good of a season, but at the end of the year things started to click.
- On his improvement during his college career (from the Wabash Plain Dealer)

I really didn't change my gameplan at all. I knew they were really good hitters -- they were hitting over .350 as a team coming in -- and you really can't prepare for that. I thought I was hitting my spots well and keeping the ball down, and it looked like they didn't know what was coming. As the game went on I felt like I was getting stronger, and typically, that's what I do. I knew if we hung around long enough, we were going to break out. My job is to keep us close, and eventually we came around.
- After a complete game victory over top ranked Wooster College (from The Daily Record)

Quotes (from others)

I would not consider Justin a true power pitcher. He has four pitches that work for him and he may not strike out a bunch of guys. Close to one an inning in college. I would classify him as a starter although I do not know what the Phillies expect. He is durable and threw upwards of 130 pitches on a few occasions. He works quickly and throws strikes. He generally threw first pitch strikes 65-70% of the time and went three balls on a hitter about one out of ten. He is a good athlete and projects to get stronger. I am not sure why he did not get drafted last year. Maybe because not many people saw him.
- Rick Espeset Head Baseball Coach Manchester College


Official Manchester College Player Profile     
MC's Libey drafted by Phillies     
Manchester Upsets No.1 Ranked Wooster     


If one were to look soley at his size and statistics, one would picture Justin Libey as a prototypical power pitcher. Nothing could be further from the truth. Though Libey has great size at 6-feet-5-inches, 215 pounds, he doesn't rely on a mid-90's fastball but rather command of four average pitches, all of which become more effective because he does such a good job of getting ahead of hitters.

Libey signed shortly after the draft and since joining the rotation at Batavia, he's continued his excellent pitching. Though he wasn't drafted after a terrific junior year and wasn't taken until the 33rd round in 2003, Libey could be a pitcher to watch out for in the future. Especially if continues to throw strikes and stay ahead of batters.

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