Mangini first burst onto the prospect scene by being named the best prospect in the Northwoods League during the summer of 2005. He continued that success into his sophomore year at NC State and also into the summer of 2006, when he was named the Cape's seventh best prospect while leading the league in hitting (.310) and hits (48). Mangini has since transferred to Oklahoma State. He has a smooth stroke from the left side of the plate tailor-made for contact while stroking line drives to all parts of the field. He currently is more of a doubles hitter than a home run hitter, but many of those doubles are expected to turn into home runs as he continues to hone his skills. While he has good lateral movement and a strong arm, he is likely never going to be a Gold Glove candidate at the hot corner and may have to eventually move to first base at the professioinal level. He enters the 2007 draft season as one of the better pure hitters available.
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