Former Indiana State standout pitcher cheap Sean Manaea jersey will make his major league debut Friday in Oakland Coliseum against the Houston Astros jerseys.
The 6 foot 5, 215 pound left hander, the Oakland Athletics jerseys’ top pitching prospect, learned of the news Wednesday morning and was still soaking it all in.
“It was a whole lot of emotions. I’m still going through a lot of them,” Manaea told the Tribune Star. “Everything’s just been crazy right now. Manaea, who works with a fastball in the mid 90s, a hard slider and a change up, has struck out 21 and walked just four in 18 innings.
Opponents are batting .232 and left handed hitters are hitting .077.
One criticism of the 24 year old has been a slightly inconsistent command of his electric stuff.
He’s been at his best in that regard so far for the Sounds, building off a solid spring training.
“Just being able to locate my stuff and being able to throw for strikes more consistently, that’s the biggest thing,” Manaea said of his start. “Ihad some stuff worked on in spring training and I’m glad I was able to do that. I’ve been able to be more consistent with stuff, even when I don’t have everything going.”
His confidence in his change up has grown as well.
“It’s huge. I know there’s going to be a lot of righty hitters throughout a lineup. Being able to throw that for strikes, that’s going to be huge for me,” Manaea said. “I’m really excited to be able to be more consistent with that stuff.”
Manaea is a Valpraiso, Ind., native. He starred at South Central High School and Andrean before arriving in Terre Haute to pitch for the Sycamores.
Following his sophomore season at Indiana State, Manaea pitched in the Cape Cod League, striking out 85 in 57 1/3 innings to draw attention of major league scouts.
He was projected to go early in the first round of the 2013 draft but a hip injury limited him to 13 starts for Indiana State that spring when Manea posted a 1.47 ERA with 93 strikeouts and just 49 hits allowed in 73 1/3 innings.
Manaea was taken 34th overall by the Kansas City Royals jerseys. Manaea posted K/9 ratios over 10 in his 2014 season and has been over that mark at every stop during his minor league career.
Manaea was the key piece in a deal by the Royals jerseys to acquire cheap Ben Zobrist jersey prior to the 2015 trade deadline.
Now, his MLB debut will come in front of the Oakland fans. His parents Opal and Faaloloi Manaea, along with girlfriend Megan Stone, were making plans to be there for the debut.
“Obviously, being able to pitch in front of the Oakland fans is awesome. Anywhere would have been unreal,” Manaea said.
Manea said he has no idea if he’s up to stay, but he’s just focused on the task at hand.
“They just said I’m starting Friday,” he said.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, hopes he is there for an extended stay.
“Once you bring a guy like up like that, you’re looking at it more for the long haul,” Melvin told the Chronicle. “We think he’s ready to go. Now, you make your reps here in the big leagues based on performance. But we wouldn’t be bringing him here if we didn’t think he had the ability to stay here for a while.”
He becomes the second former Indiana State pitcher to start in 2016 in the big leagues, joining Padres jerseys No. 5 starter cheap Colin Rea jersey, who was a teammate of Manaea’s.
Chicago White Sox jerseys relief pitcher cheap Jake Petricka jersey is the third former Sycamore pitcher in the majors.
“It’s awesome. ISU’s not the biggest school. It’s awesome guys that I’ve played with, awesome seeing them up there,” Manaea said.
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