WVU’s Manoah Hits Half-Dozen All America Honors
West Virginia University junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah has been named to a sixth All-America team, the most in a single season in WVU history, as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named him to their second team on Saturday afternoon.
Manoah is the first player in program history to be named to more than five All-America teams in a single season, and he is one of two Mountaineers with more than five career honors, joining Jedd Gyorko, who earned eight from 2008-10.
The ABCA award goes along with five All-America first-team accolades for the Miami native. The only player in Mountaineer history with more than two first team honors, Manoah was recognized by Collegiate Baseball on May 30, Baseball America on June 10, the NCBWA and Perfect Game on June 12 and D1Baseball on June 13.
Manoah is the 21st player in team history to be named an All-American, and the ABCA accolade is the 53rd overall All-America honor in program history. He has five of WVU’s nine total first-team awards.
Twenty of West Virginia’s 53 total All-America accolades have come since 2015 and 21 have been since coach Randy Mazey arrived in Morgantown in 2013.
Manoah’s six All-America accolades are the latest in a long list of postseason honors. 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, was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and to the ABCA All-Region First Team. 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 national statistical rankings, Manoah was No. 6 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.