This evening, West Virginia University released the news that pitcher Alek Manoah was named a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.
The award is voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and is given to college baseball’s best player. The other finalists are Adley Rutschman (Catcher/Oregon St.), Andrew Vaughn (First Baseman/Cal), J.J. Bleday (Outfielder/Vanderbilt) and Noah Song (Pitcher/Navy).
Earlier this week, Manoah was taken 11th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2019 MLB Draft, which is the highest a West Virginia player has been taken. He finished the season with a 9-4 record (13-10) for his career and 144 strikeouts with a very impressive 2.08 ERA.
Manoah is the first Mountaineer to be named a finalist for the award which will be given out at the College World Series on Saturday, June 15th.