Lefty pitcher Manny Montealegre earns a baseball scholarship to ASA College in New YorkUpdated Thursday November 5, 2015 by AUBL Miami.
Luck is defined when "hard work meets opportunity". That is the case with former Miami Gardens Sea Dogs left-handed pitcher Manny Montealegre who in October signed a baseball scholarship to play for ASA College in New York. Manny graduated from Coral Park High School in 2012 with no offers to play collegiate baseball. So like most players who desire to play at the next level he trained and worked on his craft. While enrolled at Miami Dade College as a student Manny worked full-time serving at a local restaurant, trained on his spare time, and pitched on Sundays. Manny bounced around the American United Baseball League (AUBL) of Miami for about a year before finally landing with the Miami Gardens Sea Dogs. "Manny was real rough and needed a lot of coaching," said Sea Dogs Manager Randy Rodriguez. "The problem was that throughout his playing days no one had ever taught him how to pitch." However, back in June Randy invited Manny to a college workout for Webber International University. It did not go so well for Manny who has been known to have control issues. After the failed attempt, Randy recommended him to train with pitching instructor Anthony Nalepa at the All-Star Warehouse. It was at this point when Montealegre finally began to learn the art of pitching. While training under Coach Nalepa at the All-Star Warehouse Manny was also pitching in the Baseline Summer League at St. Thomas University where for the first time started experiencing success as a closer. In early October, ASA College head baseball coach Francisco Perez contacted the All-Star Warehouse in search for a left-handed pitcher. Manny was recommended and shortly as the two parties discussed the opportunity Manny made the trip to New York for a workout. Nonetheless, Manny received a second chance and did not take it for granted as his performance impressed Coach Perez so much that he extended a scholarship to play Spring 2016. In the end, it was a dream come true for Manny Montealegre. Congratulations and we wish Manny the best as he journeys into the world of collegiate baseball.