Manoah Earns Yet Another All-American Honor
Alek Manoah keeps racking up honors, and it’s led him into uncharted territory.
For the first time in program history, the West Virginia baseball team has a three-time All-America first-team honoree, as Manoah, a junior pitcher, was recognized by Perfect Game on Wednesday.
The Perfect Game accolade comes after Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America also named Manoah to their All-America first teams on May 30 and June 10, respectively.
Manoah is the fourth player in program history to be named a first-team All-American and the second to earn multiple first-team accolades.
The 21st Mountaineer to earn All-America accolades, Manoah’s Perfect Game distinction is the 50th overall All-America award in West Virginia history and the seventh first team. He joins Bill Marovic (1964), Chris Enochs (twice in 1997) and Jedd Gyorko (2010) as WVU’s All-America first-team honorees.
Seventeen of West Virginia’s 50 total All-America accolades have come since 2015 and 18 have been since coach Randy Mazey arrived in Morgantown in 2013.
Manoah’s three All-America accolades are the latest in a long list of postseason honors. Last week, he was named the NCBWA District 2 Player of the Year and a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and was selected with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Coming off one of the most dominating seasons in West Virginia history, Manoah is the first player to be named a Dick Howser Trophy finalist, the second to be picked in the first round of the draft and the fourth to be named the NCBWA District Player of the Year.
Manoah is a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation and was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was the first player in Big 12 history to be named Pitcher of the Week three consecutive weeks and the fourth to earn weekly honors four times in a season. An All-Big 12 First-Team honoree, Manoah also was the NCBWA Pitcher of the Month for April, a two-time NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and the first player to ever earn the Golden Spikes Award/D1Baseball.com Performance of the Week award three consecutive weeks.
In an impressive junior season, Manoah broke the single-season record for strikeouts, with 144, and tied the WVU record for starts, with 16. He finished the year No. 3 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.33/1), tied for No. 6 in wins (9) and shutouts (2) and was No. 9 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.96).
In the national statistical rankings, Manoah is No. 6 nationally in strikeouts (144), No. 13 in WHIP (0.90), No. 22 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.90), No. 25 in starts (16), No. 27 in ERA (2.08), No. 30 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.96), No. 33 in wins (9), No. 35 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.33) and No. 37 in complete games (2).
In Manoah’s three-year Mountaineer career, he ranks No. 3 all-time in strikeouts per nine innings (10.28), No. 7 in strikeouts (249) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.83), tied for No. 8 in appearances (58) and tied for No. 10 in starts (34).
Manoah owns a career ERA of 2.81 in 218.0 innings pitched. He allowed 91 runs, 68 earned, on 167 hits with 249 strikeouts and 88 walks. Manoah held opponents to a .212 batting average and recorded a 13-10 record.
The Miami native was the 11th pick in the first round of the recent Major League Baseball draft, and has signed a contract the Toronto Blue Jays worth the maximum slot value of $4,547,500. The Blue Jays will reportedly assign Manoah to the Vancouver Canadians, which is Toronto’s short-season Single-A affiliate that plays in the Northwest League. The Canadians are the only team in that league from north of the border, as the other seven are from the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.