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Former Mountaineer Blue Jays Ace Alek Manoah Revealed as Cy Young Finalist

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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.

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.

Alek Manoah Named AL Pitcher of the Month After 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.

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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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