Manoah Picked 11th, Ties Top Slot Ever For A WVU Player
West Virginia junior pitcher Alek Manaoh has been drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He was picked 11th overall by the Tornoto Blue Jays.
The selection ties Manoah for WVU’s highest-ever draft selection. Previously, pitcher Chris Enochs held that distinction, being drafted 11th overall by the Oakland As in 1987.
Manoah was the fourth player from the Big 12 Conference selected in this year’s draft, following Nick Ladolo (TCU – 7th – Cincinnati Reds), Josh Jung (Texas Tech – 8th – Texas Rangers), and Shea Langeliers (Baylor – 9th – Atlanta Braves).
Manoah becomes the 91st player in West Virginia history to be taken in the draft, which began in 1965. He is the 12th Mountaineer to be selected in the first ten rounds of the draft. He was 9-4 with 16 starts this year, posting an ERA of 2.08 and a WHIP of 0.91. He struck out 144 batters — West Virginia’s single season record — in 108.1 innings while walking just 27. He yielded only 25 earned runs on the season, and in 12 of his starts gave up two or fewer earned runs.
A first team All-America selection, Manoah is the fourth Mountaineer to earn that distinction. He earned conference pitcher of the week honors for three consecutive weeks — the only player in league history to achieve that feat — and is only the fourth pitcher in league history to earn that honor four times in one season. He joins WVU’s Harrison Musgrave in that quartet.
Manoah is the 21st Mountaineer that was coached by Randy Mazey to be selected in the draft. He will join his older brother Erik in the professional ranks. Erik is a reliever in the Angels system and was a 13th round pick in 2014.
Manaoh’s draft position has a suggested bonus pool value of $4.55 million.
BlueGoldNews.com will have more from Manoah and Mazey later this evening.
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