It was a quick climb through the ranks for Manoah, the 11th overall pick in the 2019 draft. The former West Virginia star was excellent at Low-A that year, although he didn’t have not been able to build on this last season due to the lack of a minor league campaign. However, Manoah picked up where he left off this season before his first promotion to the major league. The 23-year-old dominated his Triple-A debut with 18 seven-stroke innings, a one-run ball and 27 strikeouts against three goals.
As one would expect from his professional production, Manoah is among the game’s most beloved prospects. Outlets such as The Athletic, Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus have all placed him in. their top 100 lists lately, MLB.com writing that the 6-foot-6, 260-pound three-length repertoire – a fastball, slider and changeup – could pave the way for a solid career as a starter.
While it remains to be seen whether Manoah will be able to stay in the bigs this year, Toronto could use the boost in their rotation. Hyun Jin Ryu, Robbie Ray and Steven Matz combined for good production across 26 outings, but the Jays got nothing else from their starters in 2021.