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Alek Manoah Achieves Another MLB Milestone, Surpassing 300 Career Strikeouts

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The 2021 season was West Virginia product Alek Manoah’s national coming out party as he began his MLB career, but the 2022 season has been a year of milestones for the ace as he’s made his claim to being one of the best in the world.

With the season coming to a close, Manoah surpassed 300 career strikeouts during his start Saturday night. The Blue Jays’ All-Star pitcher accumulated his now 303 strikeouts in just two seasons, becoming the fastest to ever reach and surpass the milestone in Toronto franchise history. Manoah recorded 8 strikeouts while posting a shutout and giving up only 4 hits in the win, his 15th of the season.

After going 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 127 strikeouts as a rookie last year, Manoah owns a 15-7 record with an ERA almost a full point better than in 2021 at 2.31 and 176 punch outs in 190.2 innings of work. He’s also now doing it for a Blue Jays team that sits at top of the American League Wild Card race, meaning Manoah could destined for a postseason start.

Manoah was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 11th round of the 2019 draft. Before being drafted, he finished off a stellar college career at WVU, recording a 2.81 career ERA with the Mountaineers. He was named the Big 12’s best pitcher in 2019 after going 9-4 with a 2.08 ERA and totaling 144 strikeouts in 108 1/3 innings.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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