Seth Michael Maness
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.
- School East Carolina University
- High School Pinecrest High School (Southern Pines)
- Debut May 3, 2013
Seth Maness made his major league debut in 2013.
Maness was All-State as a sophomore in high school, going 11-1 with 124 strikeouts to 13 hits in 86 innings. As a junior, he had a 1.44 ERA and 127 K to 6 BB in 87 2/3 IP, while hitting .420. As a college freshman, he was superb at 9-2, 3.57 with only 20 walks in 98 1/3 innings. He was among the Conference USA in innings (3rd), wins (second, one behind Cole St. Clair) strikeouts (81, 5th) and ERA (8th). He was named the Conference Freshman of the Year and All-Conference. He tied for 30th in NCAA Division I in wins. Baseball America named him a Freshman All-American. He was again All-Conference as a sophomore though he fell to 9-3, 2 Sv, 4.73. He led Conference USA in innings (107), tied for second in wins and was third with 83 strikeouts. Seth had a 2-1, 3.44 record with 41 strikeouts in 34 innings for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League that summer. Bourne won its first Cape Cod title.
As a junior, Maness had a 10-3, 4.17 record with only 16 walks in 101 1/3 innings. He was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year after finishing first in the Conference in innings, second in wins, tied for third in strikeouts and 6th in ERA. Nationally, he was 19th in NCAA Division I in fewest walks per 9 innings and 26th in wins. The Florida Marlins took him in the 41st round of the 2010 amateur draft but he did not sign. His senior year, he was 10-3 with a 1.71 ERA. He was second in Conference USA in ERA, tied for first in wins, second in opponent average, second in innings and sixth in strikeouts. He was 17th in Division I in ERA and tied for 24th in victories. He tied the career Conference USA record for wins (38, held previously by Jared Berkowitz). He finished as East Carolina's career leaders in wins, strikeouts (334), starts (61), innings pitched (411 2/3) and hits allowed (429), having made first-team All-Conference all four years. The St. Louis Cardinals picked him in the 11th round of the 2011 amateur draft.
Maness split his first summer as a pro between the Batavia Muckdogs (0-1, 0.91 in 10 G), Quad Cities River Bandits (1-0, 1 R in 5 IP) and Palm Beach Cardinals (1-0, 4.32 in 3 G). Overall, he had a 1.53 ERA and .81 WHIP in a fine debut. He had an excellent 2012 with Palm Beach (3-1, 2.15, 1 BB in 46 1/3 IP) and the Springfield Cardinals (11-3, 3.27). For the year, he had 112 K to 10 walks in 169 2/3 innings. He then was 0-1 with a 2.06 ERA in the playoffs as Springfield won the Texas League title. He led Cardinals farmhands in wins and WHIP (among pitchers with 100+ IP), was 7th in strikeouts (112) and tied for the best ERA (among pitchers with 100+ innings). He was named the Cardinals' Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In the Texas League, he was second to Barret Loux in wins, third in ERA (after A.J. Schugel and Ariel Pena), first in WHIP (1.06) and first in fewest walks per 9 innings. He made the TL All-Star team, joining Keith Butler, Edwar Cabrera, Loux, Schugel, Trevor Rosenthal, Dan Straily and Jason Stoffel as the selected hurlers. He began 2013 with the Memphis Redbirds and got off to an okay start in AAA (2-2, 4.32). He was then called up to the majors when Marc Rzepczynski was sent down.
Maness made his major league debut for the Cardinals on May 3, 2013, pitching a scoreless 8th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. Coming in with a 6-1 lead, he succeeded on the mound Carlos Martinez who had made his major league debut an inning earlier. Maness made short work of the Brewers, getting Jean Segura, Ryan Braun and Alex Gonzalez to ground out in succession. Fernando Salas relieved him in the 9th.