After composing one of the most dominant seasons ever by a Mountaineer pitcher, it’s time for Alek Manoah to take the next step.
The Blue Jays selected Manoah with the No. 11 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. The junior right-handed pitcher was the second hurler taken in the draft, just four picks after the Reds chose Big 12 counterpart Nick Lodolo of TCU at No. 7 overall.
“It feels amazing,” said Manoah. “I think this was a perfect fit for me. When I met with the front office about two or three weeks ago, when I left that meeting, I was feeling extremely good about playing for them.”
Manoah is the first Mountaineer selected in the first round of the draft since Chris Enochs in 1997. Both players were chosen No. 11 overall.
After the draft announcement, head coach Randy Mazey praised his star pitcher, who he said was the face of West Virginia’s historic 2019 season, helping the Mountaineers host an NCAA Regional for the first time since 1955.
“This is one of the happiest days of my coaching career,” said Mazey.
Manoah became just the fourth WVU player to achieve first-team All-America status after a sensational season that saw him break West Virginia’s single-season strikeouts record and become the Big 12 pitcher of the year.
The Miami native led the conference in strikeouts and earned run average during the regular season. He finished the campaign with 144 strikeouts and a 2.08 ERA.
In total, the Big 12 produced three top-10 draft picks: Lodolo, Texas Tech infielder Josh Jung (No. 8 to the Rangers) and Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers (No. 9 to the Braves).