HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State junior starting pitcher
Sean Manaea earned his third Preseason All-American honor today (Jan. 31), as the Sycamore
southpaw was named a First Team Preseason All-American by Baseball America.
Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the Preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success. For example, nine of the 15 draft-eligible members of last year's first team became first-round picks last June, two others were supplemental first-rounders, and all 15 were selected in the top three rounds. In all, 16 of the 18 players drafted in the first round out of four-year colleges last year appeared on one of BA's three Preseason All-America teams heading into the season.
Earlier in January, the Indiana State lefty was also named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Perfect Game. During the preseason vote by the head coaches from around the Missouri Valley Conference, Manaea earned First Team Preseason All-MVC selection.
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, picked third in the MVC during the preseason vote, 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.