Alek Manoah’s 2019 is still garnering honors from across the college baseball world with the pitcher most recently earning his second All-America nod for the season from Baseball America.
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 is only the second, after Enochs, to receive two in the same year.
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.
Manoah’s performance in 2019 not only demonstrates his personal success, but is a milestone for the West Virginia baseball program as a whole. His selection makes him the 49th Mountaineer to earn All-America honors, but the 16th to do so under Coach Randy Mazey.