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WVU Product Alek Manoah to Start 2024 Comeback Attempt on Injured List



Alek Manoah

The start to a very important season in the career of Alek Manoah will have to wait at least a couple weeks. The Toronto Blue Jays unveiled Manoah as one of several pitchers who will be starting the season on the 15-day injured list.

After a remarkable 2022 season that saw the WVU product finish third in the American League Cy Young race, Manoah’s 2023 was a disaster. Reports even indicated that he refused to show up to a minor league assignment, which was one of two for him throughout the summer.

Overall throughout his time in MLB in 2023, Manoah posted a 3-9 record with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP in 87.1 innings pitched.

Just a year before, Manoah took his career to another level. In 2022, the now 26-year-old carried a 2.24 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and struck out 180 batters in 196.2 innings pitched. Manoah was named an All-Star and started Toronto’s Wild Card Round game.

To fully put this fall from grace into perspective, Manoah put together a season so great he was labeled as one of the best pitchers across baseball in 2022. He then struggled so much in most of his appearances this season that he was sent down twice. 

The most recent demotion was done with hopes Manoah could regain some semblance of the form that led to his past success in time to salvage the season. As the season continued to progress without any sign of Manaoah reemerging, the thinking was that plan was not going well. And now it appears as if that plan never even got going in earnest.

When Manoah was sent all the way down to the Florida Complex League in June, he was carrying a 6.36 ERA through 13 starts. The WVU product and former AL Cy Young candidate did improve after returning the majors, but was still not close to the overpowering pitcher he has been since being drafted in the first round out of West Virginia.

WVSN’s Griffin Floyd detailed possible factors that could be contributing to Manoah’s issues in the piece below.

Alek Manoah Shelled in Rookie Ball: Inside the Ace’s Struggles

Our Mike Asti also asked Schneider about Manoah after a game early in the 2023 season.

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