MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 7, 2019) – For the second time in three seasons, a West Virginia University baseball player has been named the District 2 Player of the Year, as junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah was honored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Friday.
The latest in a long list of accolades for Manoah comes a day after he was named a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy by the NCBWA. It caps a week that begin with him being selected with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Manoah is the third Mountaineer in program history to be named the NCBWA District 2 Player of the Year, and it is the fourth time a WVU player has received the honor. Shortstop Jedd Gyorko was recognized in 2009 and 2010, and right-handed pitcher/outfielder Braden Zarbnisky earned the distinction in 2017.
Coming off one of the most dominating seasons in West Virginia history, the Miami native is the first player to be named a Dick Howser Trophy finalist and the fourth to collect First Team All-America honors, as he was recognized by Collegiate Baseball.
Manoah is a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation, 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 ranked No. 5 nationally in strikeouts (144), No. 12 in starts (16), No. 13 in WHIP (0.90), No. 22 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.90), No. 28 in wins (9), No. 28 in ERA (2.08), No. 29 in strikeouts per nine innings, No. 36 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.
Press Release: WVU Athletics Communications
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS