MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia pitcher Alek Manoah was drafted with the 11th draft pick in the first round by the Toronto Blue Jays.
The right-hander broke the school’s single-season strikeout record this season against George Mason. It was a record that had stood for 55 years.
Manoah finished the 2019 campaign with 144 strikeouts. He had a 2.08 ERA and finished the season with a 9-4 record.
In 108.1 innings, the Miami, Fla. native walked 27 batters and hit 14. During the regular season, he recorded 15 strikeouts twice this season against Texas Tech and Kansas.
Manoah was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-American this season. He led the Big 12 in earned run average and strikeouts during the regular season.
The junior shared the WVU record for starts (16), is No. 3 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.33/1), tied for sixth in wins (9) and shutouts (2) and is No. 9 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.96). He is the first player to ever earn the Golden Spikes Award/D1Baseball.com Performance of the Week award three consecutive weeks and is the first player in program history to earn NCBWA Pitcher of the Month accolades (April).
Chris Enochs was the only other Mountaineer selected in the first round. He was taken in the 1997 draft by the Oakland Athletics.
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS