Manoah Picked 11th, Ties Top Slot Ever For A WVU Player

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.

Alek Manoah
West Virginia pitcher Alek Manaoh delivers to the plate

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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    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 Leag
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    Congrats to Manoah. Now go get em young man.

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    11) Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia
    At 6-6, 260 pounds, Manoah looks the part of a power pitcher. He’s physically imposing on the mound and works in the mid-90s with heavy sink and tough plane on his fastball. His hard slider gives him a second weapon that’s hard to handle, and he has a solid changeup as well. The key for Manoah will be keeping his large frame in sync, but he’s done a nice job of throwing more strikes this spring.

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