HAUTE, Ind. - Junior starting pitcher Sean Manaea
earned his second selection to a preseason All-American list this week, as
Perfect Game tabbed the Indiana State southpaw to their First Team Preseason
College All-American list and as the National Pitcher To Watch.
Manaea is one of two selections from the Missouri Valley Conference, as Missouri State's Nick Petree was named to the second team. PG's Kendall Rogers named Manaea as the National Pitcher To Watch, providing this breakdown of the junior left-handed heading into the season.
"Of all names to remember this spring, this might just be the one. Manaea has increased his stock more than anyone over the past year. He put together a solid spring for the Sycamores, where he went 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 105 innings. He also struck out 115 and walked 37, while teams hit him at a .249 clip. But he took his biggest step forward during his summer at the Cape Cod League. Manaea was simply fantastic, earning Perfect Game Summer Player of the Year honors for his performances throughout the summer. There, the imposing 6-foot-5, 235-pounder, was consistently 93-96 (98) with a deceptive baseball, while he had a nasty, hard slider, at 80-83 and a developing 79-81 changeup. Though it's still very early in the process, there's a good chance Manaea is the No. 1 pick in June."
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.