Manoah becomes first Mountaineer to earn three first-team All-American honors

WVU Baseball

After already receiving two first-team All-American honors this season, Alek Manoah has to make room for another.

The baseball scouting service Perfect Game has named the starter as a first team All-American, his fourth such honor this season. This makes Manoah the first Mountaineer to ever receive three first team All-American nods in a season.

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

His domination from the mound also ensured that he was a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is awarded by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association to the national player of the year in college baseball. Manoah is the first Mountaineer to be a finalist for the award..

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