Former West Virginia starting pitcher Alek Manoah has been named a Top 100 MLB prospect, and one of the top prospects for the Toronto Blue Jays, by the Athletic’s Keith Law.
Law ranks Manoah as a top 100 prospect for the second year in a row, while other outlets such as Baseball America and ESPN have left the former Mountaineer off their top 100 lists. Law listed Manoah as the No. 79 prospect in baseball and the Blue Jays’ No. 3 prospect.
The Blue Jays took Manoah 11th overall in the 2019 draft after a standout career at WVU. Law noted that Manoah was the top college pitcher in the 2019 draft and said the Blue Jays got a “steal” picking him 11th overall. Law likes Manoah’s mid-90s fastball paired with his “above-average” curveball and changeup.
“He throws strikes and attacks guys consistently with his fastball, an approach that should continue to serve him well as he moves up the ladder,” Law wrote. “If he stays healthy he should be in the Blue Jays’ rotation within the next two seasons, with mid-rotation upside.”
Manoah had a 2.81 career ERA with the Mountaineers and was named the 2019 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year after going 9-4 with a 2.08 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 108.1 innings in 2019. After drafting Manoah, the Blue Jays sent him to the short-season Vancouver Canadians, where he had a 2.65 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 17 innings. He was a member of the Blue Jay’s 60-man player pool last season, but was never called up to the majors.