Manaea named to Prospect League Hall of FameJanuary 8, 2020
From Herald staff reports
ELKVILLE, Ill. — Dubois County Bombers alum Sean Manaea has been named the Prospect League's inaugural hall of fame inductee.
Manaea pitched for the Bombers in 2011. The Wanatah, Ind., native started nine games, collecting a 2.88 ERA and a 2-3 record. Manaea struck out 59 batters, while allowing 40 hits and walking 27 over 53 innings on the season. He threw an eight-inning one-hitter, striking out seven, against the Nashville Outlaws on July 10, 2011.
"From Indiana State to the Prospect League, to the Cape Cod, to the Kansas City Royals to the Oakland Athletics, Sean has been an outstanding pitcher at every stop. As our inductee into the Prospect League Hall of Fame, he represents the resilience, determination and drive to succeed,” Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien said. “We are proud to honor him, and our league, with this major recognition of his achievements. He is a prime example of using the Prospect League as a stepping stone to every player’s ultimate dream.”
"Being selected is an honor," Manaea said. "The Prospect League helped get me where I am today. The people that I met were amazing, and the experiences I had got me ready for professional baseball."
“Sean represents the college player who worked hard not only during his college seasons, but in the summer while playing for the Prospect League's Dubois County Bombers, helping him prepare for the next level,” Prospect League President Bruce Rosselli said. “His pitching talent launched him to MLB with much success, and we wish him the best of luck in his bright career.”
"I loved my time with the Bombers, and wouldn't trade that for anything," Manaea added.
Manaea went on to pitch in the Cape Cod League the following season, earning a spot on the West All-Star team and Most Outstanding Prospect honors. Manaea went 5-1 with a 1.21 ERA that summer, striking out 85 batters in 51 2/3 innings while walking seven and allowing just 21 hits.
Prior to his junior season at Indiana State University, Manaea was named a preseason All-American, and was added to the National Pitcher of the Year watchlist.
With a fastball reaching 97 mph, Manaea was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round with the 34th overall pick in the Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft in 2013. He was traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2015, and made his Major League debut April 29, 2016, against the Houston Astros.
In parts of four season in the majors, Manaea is 35-28 over 85 starts and one relief appearance. His career ERA currently sits at 3.77, and he has amassed more than 400 strikeouts against 131 walks. Manaea has been named American League Pitcher of the Week and American League Pitcher of the Month, and he threw a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on April 21, 2018.
The Prospect League, in partnership with Baron Championship Rings, started the process of creating a Prospect League Hall of Fame in 2018. A new inductee will be named regularly. Criteria includes a player's accomplishments during his Prospect League tenure, as well as accolades and accomplishments after. Each Hall of Fame inductee receives a custom ring from Baron to commemorate the honor.
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