Alek Manoah

CLASS OF 2016

RHP
1B

Alek
Manoah

West Virginia
South Dade Senior (HS) • FL
6-7 • 265LBS • R/R

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2016 National

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2019
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6/19/15 - Uncommitted rising senior. 6-foot-6, 245 pound right hander with a very tall body with a thick strong lower half. Loose arm at a high ¾ slot. Ball jumps out of his hand. Fast ball was 90-93 mph with good down tilt. Curve ball was 75-76 mph with ¾ rotation and occasional depth. Average ML pitch. Occasionally works around the ball. Change up is 80-82 mph with some feel. Occasionally pulls off line and yanks ball away to right handed hitters. Power arm that shouldn’t be uncommitted for long.

3/3/19:Physical presence on the bump at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds. Manoah has an extra-large, burly frame. Everything is proportional and he carries the weight well. Didn't have the best outing on this look, but still flashed premium stuff and projects to get the chance to start in pro ball. Continues to work exclusively from the stretch with a high three-quarter slot. Slight cross action in his delivery. Tall, upright finish. Fastball was mostly 93-95 mph and peaked at 96 on a chilly, low 40's night. Flashes more life when working middle/arm-side. Breaking ball was plus at times, 82-84 mph with 10/4 shape and tight bend. Tough to gauge depth due to the angle of the stands behind home plate but it gave hitters fits when it was in the zone. Changeup seems to be much improved from this summer in the Cape. The velocity has lessened to 85-86, which is now a good differential from his fastball. Overall, it's still a work in progress, but it's better than the upper-80s offering he was flashing this summer. Overall, more of a control guy than pure command. Most misses tend to be arm-side and up. Most likely a result from letting the hands drift too much before separating and causing the arm to lag. Manoah is a good enough athlete to make that adjustment though. Pitches with some competitive fire and isn't afraid of big situations. Only lasted two innings in Corvallis this outing but better days are ahead for the impressive righty. (Jurik)

8/5/18:Six-foot-seven, 265 pound, extra large bodied right-hander in the Jonathan Broxton mold, Manoah consistently pitched at 92-96 mph (mostly 95-96 early in the game) with his fastball in both starts of my looks. Throws all from the stretch and relatively easy from a high three-quarters slot. Fastball has finish, as it showed bore and jumped through the zone. Swing/miss pitch. On my looks, his first start was good, his second even better; struck out 12 in six innings with an above average-to-plus slider. Showed great feel. Most were hard sweepers while flashing solid depth as well. Simply by throwing it harder and keeping the L shape in his arm at release, the pitch has the potential to be a ML swing/miss pitch. I don’t throw 70 grades (plus-plus) too often on amateur players, but that’s where this pitch may end up down the road. Manoah also mixed in an occasional firm changeup at 88 mph. In what looks to be a down year for college pitching overall, at least at the top level, Manoah is a bright spot with early round potential. (Seifert)

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