Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State University
Class: Junior; Height: 6-5: Weight; 235
After taking a developmental step forward between his freshman (8.86 K/9 and 5.18 BB/9) and sophomore (9.86 K/9 and 3.17 BB/9) seasons, Manaea dominated the Cape Cod League competition last summer, setting a modern day record for most strikeouts in a season.
The big southpaw out of Indians State University — yes, the former stomping grounds of basketball legend Larry Bird — struck out 85 and walked only seven in 51.2 innings with Hyannis.
This season for the Sycamores, Manaea is averaging an impressive 11.41 K/9 and 3.31 BB/9. He’s been hampered by some hip and possibly shoulder issues, which has caused his stock to drop precipitously.
Projection: Manaea’s hip and/or shoulder issues likely cost him a shot at the top 5 — so he’s quite risky. But he’s not only performed well while in school, but his performance in the Cape shows what he can do against elite levels of competition. He could be nabbed by a team with multiple first rounders.
Ceiling: 5.0-win player?
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Injury?
Drafted: First Round?
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