Being an All-Star and leading the Blue Jays to the playoffs were only the tip of the iceberg for Alek Manoah this year.
The WVU baseball product who has been rapidly building an impressive MLB career was revealed a a finalist for the American League Cy Young award Monday night. Manoah is a very deserving candidate, having posted a 16-7 record, a 2.24 ERA, 0.992 WHIP and 180 strikeouts as the ace of the Toronto staff.
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He also surpassed 300 career K’s and broke a record previously held by Roger Clemens for the lowest ERA ever posted in a single month in franchise history. Manoah was named the AL Pitcher of the Month after an historic September.
Even though his postseason start in the AL Wild Card Round didn’t go as planned, winning a Cy Young award in his second MLB season would certainly be a great way to cap off a phenomenal year. Manoah will now find out if he joins baseball history next week.
The MLB sensation 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.