HAUTE, Ind. - Junior left-handed pitcher
Sean Manaea was ranked second overall among college prospects for the 2013
Major League Baseball Draft by Baseball America this week, continuing the
Indiana State starting pitcher's rise up draft boards since last summer.
Manaea is the only selection from the Missouri Valley Conference and the top-ranked prospect among three total from the state of Indiana. Notre Dame's third baseman Eric Jagielo (20th overall) and pitcher Dan Slania (26th overall) are the other selections from the state of Indiana.
The Wanatah, Ind., native and Andrean High School product broke onto the national scene this past summer with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League, totaling a 5-1 record and a 1.22 ERA with a record-setting 85 strikeouts in 57.1 innings on the mound. The Indiana State junior was even better over his final five starts, going 5-0 with a 0.26 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 34 innings while allowing just 13 hits and one walk. Manaea was named the league's B.F.C Whitehouse Top Pitcher and the Robert A. McNeese Outstanding Pro Prospect following his outstanding summer.
Manaea's 85 strikeouts over the summer with Hyannis broke the league's modern record of 82, set during the 2005 summer season by Daniel Bard.
Following his sophomore season on the mound for the Sycamores, Manaea was a Second Team All-MVC selection after posting a 5-3 record and a 3.34 ERA over 17 starts. The ISU southpaw struck out 115 batters in 105 innings, ranking 13th in the NCAA in strikeouts and in a tie for third on ISU's single-season strikeout list.
The Indiana State baseball team begins their 2013 season on Feb. 15-17, playing four games in Huntsville, Ala. The defending MVC Regular Season champions, the Sycamores have four home series in league play, hosting Southern Illinois (March 22-24), Creighton (April 12-14), Evansville (May 3-5) and Bradley (May 16-18) on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium this upcoming season.