Coffee and Clippings: A’s top prospect Sean Manaea has tons of talent, fun and hair

Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) of SF Gate profiles A’s top pitching prospect, Sean Manaea and his big personality…

MESA, Ariz. — If you don’t know who Sean Manaea is, manager Bob Melvin said Sunday, “look for the hair.”

The A’s top pitching prospect, in camp for the first time after coming from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist deal, has whirls of curls — hair so big that it looks as if it might have its own gravity field. He had to go up a hat size this spring to accommodate it all.

“I shaved it in May. I lost a bet,” Manaea said Sunday morning before the pitchers and catchers took the field for the first time this spring. “I’m trying to grow it out as long as I can before I start going crazy.”…
Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) of the Boston Globe discusses the collective desire for a slimmer and more focused Pablo Sandoval…

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pablo Sandoval arrived at Red Sox spring training camp Sunday morning, looking just as big as he looked when he arrived last spring. Maybe even bigger.

He was in a great mood. He said he has nothing to prove. He said he has no idea what he weighs. In a contradiction of what we’ve been told by Torey Lovullo, John Farrell, and Dave Dombrowski, Pablo said that nobody in Sox management asked him to lose weight during the offseason.

Ouch. In the eternal words of Bill Belichick, “This is not what we were looking for.”

David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) of FanGraphs has some notes regarding the Cardinals, Red Sox, Chris Perez and more…

In the early 1990s, a cerebral New Hampshire native was the best starting pitcher on the Cardinals’ staff. A control artist who relied more on on guile than on gas, Bob Tewksbury went 33-15 over a two-year stretch and made an All-Star team.

Last summer, St. Louis drafted a cerebral New Hampshire native who shares several of Tewksbury traits. Carson Cross is all about changing speeds, sequencing, and hitting spots.

A 14th-round senior sign (Tewksbury was a 19th-round pick), Cross went 10-2, 2.29 in his final season at the University of Connecticut. He then logged a 2.70 ERA in 10 outings with the Cardinals’ State College affiliate….

John Harper (@NYDNHarper) of the New York Daily News talks comparisons of Yoenis Cespedes to Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez…

PORT ST. LUCIE — Strictly by the numbers, Yoenis Cespedes really hasn’t done enough, other than last season perhaps, to be called a superstar. Yet you only have to watch him to know he qualifies in his own way, with a dynamic athleticism and distinctive flair that adds up to must-see star power.

It’s the reason Mets fans were ready to storm the gate at Citi Field had Cespedes signed with the Nationals. It’s the reason heads turned even among fellow players Sunday morning when the Cuban slugger showed up here for spring training.

Kevin Long knows something about such star power, having coached the likes of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano during his days as Yankee hitting coach. He says Cespedes fits the mold.