Toronto Blue Jays: The Next Top 100 Prospects
SP Alek Manoah: Drafted 2019 Round 1 Pick 11
GM Ross Aktins has done a really nice job drafting in the first round recently. His 2018 and 2020 first rounders, Jordan Groshans and Austin Martin are already top 100 prospects and 2019 first rounder Alek Manoah may be joining them soon.
The former West Virginia Star was the top ranked RHP heading into the 2019 draft and the Jays were able to scoop him up at pick number 11. Manoah dominated in his pro debut, posting an impressive 2.65 ERA in six starts in low A, though he threw just 17 innings. Manoah is a big dude, standing at 6’6” 260lbs and he uses this big frame to throw a great fastball that sits 94 to 97 MPH.
Along with his power fastball, Manoah has a plus slider and is developing a change up which has the potential to be an effective third pitch. Manoah’s change up will be the key to whether he is a starter or a reliever at the next level as starters have to have at least three pitches so Manoah’s change up will be crucial for his development.
Manoah was the Jays number five prospect in 2020 and is right on the cusp of being a top 100 prospect, so a good 2021 season should put him on that list.
Projected 2021: Start in AA New Hampshire; End in AAA Buffalo
Projected MLB Arrival: Early-Mid 2022
Projected Debut On Pipeline’s Top 100: Mid Season 2021