Junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah of the West Virginia University baseball team has been named a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced on Thursday.
Manoah is the first player in program history to be named a Dick Howser Trophy finalist. The award is given to the top player in college baseball, and the 33rd-annual winner will be named on June 15, at the NCAA Men’s College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Along with Manoah, the five finalists are Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday, Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, Navy starting pitcher Noah Song and Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn. Each finalist embodies the major principles of character, leadership, desire and competitive spirit exhibited by Dick Howser, the All-America shortstop, Florida State head coach and manager of the 1985 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
The NCBWA accolade is the latest in a long list of awards for the Miami native, who was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
A Collegiate Baseball First Team All-America honoree, Manoah had one of the most dominating seasons in West Virginia history in 2019.
Manoah is the fourth player to earn first team All-America accolades in program history and the second to be named a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation. He was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Manoah is the first player in Big 12 history to be named Pitcher of the Week three consecutive weeks and the fourth to earn weekly honors four times in a season. An All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Manoah also was the NCBWA Pitcher of the Month for April, a two-time NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and the first player to ever earn the Golden Spikes Award/D1Baseball.com Performance of the Week award three consecutive weeks.
In an impressive junior season, Manoah broke the single-season record for strikeouts, with 144, and tied the WVU record for starts, with 16. He finished the year No. 3 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.33/1), tied for No. 6 in wins (9) and shutouts (2) and was No. 9 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.96).
In the national statistical rankings, Manoah is ranked No. 5 nationally in strikeouts (144), No. 12 in starts (16), No. 13 in WHIP (0.90), No. 22 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.90), No. 28 in wins (9), No. 28 in ERA (2.08), No. 29 in strikeouts per nine innings, No. 36 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.33) and No. 37 in complete games (2).
In Manoah’s three-year Mountaineer career, he ranks No. 3 all-time in strikeouts per nine innings (10.28), No. 7 in strikeouts (249) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.83), tied for No. 8 in appearances (58) and tied for No. 10 in starts (34).
Manoah owns a career ERA of 2.81 in 218.0 innings pitched. He allowed 91 runs, 68 earned, on 167 hits with 249 strikeouts and 88 walks. Manoah held opponents to a .212 batting average and recorded a 13-10 record.