Manoah signs with Blue Jays, earns fifth first team All-America honor

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How many All-America teams can you be named to? It seems that Alek Manoah is going to find the answer to that question out soon.

The former Mountaineer pitcher and current Blue Jays prospect has been named to D1Baseball’s All-American first team for his performance in 2019, marking the fifth such honor he has received since the end of the season.

His first all-American honor came in May from Collegiate Baseball, followed by nods from Baseball America, Perfect Game and the NCBWA.

Manoah, a junior, became only the fourth Mountaineer to receive first team All-American honors in May, following in the footsteps of Bill Marovic (1964), Chris Enochs (1997) and Jedd Gyorko (2010). He was only the second, after Enochs, to receive two in the same year before receiving his third on Wednesday.

The Miami native made history this season, using his powerful arm and knack for strikeouts to earn himself an MLB Draft selection early in the first round by the Toronto Blue Jays. His 135 strikeouts in 2019 not only led the Big 12, but also set the new WVU program record for strikeouts in a single season.

Manoah also indicated on Thursday that he had officially signed with the Blue Jays organization, posting a tweet that reads, “Pen to paper!”

Manoah finished his career in Morgantown with a career ERA of 2.81 and a 13-10 record, while keeping batters to a .212 average.

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