Alek Manoah

Alek Manoah

24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Toronto Blue Jays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Manoah had a fantastic sophomore season embracing the role of staff ace and performing like one for those fantasy managers who took the leap of faith with the big guy. The strikeout rate was not as strong as hoped, but he cut down on his walks and was once again one of the toughest pitchers in the league to hit. The slider was once again his bread and butter pitch, but he can still overpower hitters with the fastball and the changeup took a very nice step forward in 2022 becoming more of a weapon against lefties than it was in his rookie season gaining some whiffiness along the way. He has never had a season at any level where he has worked anywhere near the volume he worked in 2022, but his physique could insulate him from the regression we have seen from other younger arms who have gone through similar workload spikes in their mid 20s. Quite honestly, that is the only risk here because all the arrows point in a positive direction for him this coming season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jays in May of 2021.
Starting Friday's wild-card matchup
PToronto Blue Jays
October 5, 2022
Manoah will start Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Mariners on Friday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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The Blue Jays opted against using Manoah as a starter on the final day of the regular season Wednesday, and the right-hander will instead take the mound for the Blue Jays' first postseason game of the year. Manoah was dominant over six starts in September, posting a 0.88 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in 41 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
92
Last 10 Games
99
Last 5 Games
97
How many pitches does Alek Manoah generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .234 674 151 68 139 22 1 19
Since 2020vs Right .158 571 156 23 82 21 0 9
2022vs Left .237 440 83 40 93 16 1 11
2022vs Right .159 346 97 11 51 14 0 5
2021vs Left .228 234 68 28 46 6 0 8
2021vs Right .156 225 59 12 31 7 0 4
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.38 0.89 151.0 12 4 0 8.5 2.4 0.7
Since 2020Away 2.80 1.13 157.1 13 5 0 9.4 2.9 0.9
2022Home 2.42 0.92 96.2 7 4 0 8.0 2.1 0.7
2022Away 2.07 1.06 100.0 9 3 0 8.5 2.5 0.7
2021Home 2.32 0.85 54.1 5 0 0 9.3 2.8 0.7
2021Away 4.08 1.24 57.1 4 2 0 11.1 3.6 1.3
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Alek Manoah compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.53
 
K/9
8.2
 
BB/9
2.3
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
2.24
 
WHIP
0.99
 
BABIP
.255
 
GB/FB
1.04
 
Left On Base
81.1%
 
Exit Velocity
80.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.1%
 
Spin Rate
2249 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.9%
 
Swinging Strike
11.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
Lance Lynn's physique doppleganger had an excellent rookie season, helping Toronto stay in the postseason race until the season's final day. His size and deception were tough for the league to pick up as he had greater than 30% Whiff rates on both his four-seamer and slider last season while the league hit .200 or worse against both offerings. The slider was particularly filthy with its ability to head toward home plate and seemingly change lanes like tourists driving on the interstate near Disney World out of nowhere. A slip on the dugout stairs leading to the IL and a five-game suspension for intentionally hitting Maikel Franco were the only blemishes on an otherwise stellar rookie resume. The next challenge for him is going to be working on the changeup to keep lefties at bay as lefty-laden lineups were more of a challenge while righties often walked back to the dugout in frustration.
Last season was supposed to be Manoah's breakout, but as with most prospects, the pandemic set a different course. After spring training got put on hold, he opened a gym in a Miami warehouse with his brother, where he worked on his strength and conditioning with regular games of catch mixed in. Manoah then headed to the Jays' alternate training site where he worked all summer on his changeup, among other things. At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Manoah has a CC Sabathia/Aaron Harang type of body that will generate skepticism from many, but so far it has not hindered his development. His mid-90s fastball (touches 98) and putaway slider remain, and he is now confident enough in his changeup to throw it to same-handed hitters in a full count. Without a full season to build up endurance, Manoah spent this offseason working on endurance and lower-body training. His breakout season may just be a year behind schedule.
Manoah arguably has the highest ceiling among the college pitchers selected in the 2019 draft, but there are a couple areas of concern. First, he did not demonstrate starter-level strike-throwing ability until his final year at West Virginia. Secondly, his 6-foot-6, 260-pound physique is matched by very few big-league starters -- CC Sabathia and Aaron Harang come to mind as having comparable bodies when they broke in as starting pitchers. That said, he has a plus mid-90s fastball with movement and a hard slider that could develop into a second plus pitch. Only his good traits were on display in a 17-inning debut in the Northwest League, where he logged a 39.7 K% and 7.4 BB%, but he never went more than four innings in an outing. He should be sent to Low-A or High-A for his first full season, where he will be tasked with getting more consistent with his slider, refining his changeup and honing his command.
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Unlikely to start Wednesday
PToronto Blue Jays
October 2, 2022
Manoah is unlikely to pitch the final game of the regular season Wednesday in Baltimore, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
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Seven shut-down innings
PToronto Blue Jays
September 25, 2022
Manoah (15-7) earned the win Saturday without allowing a run on four hits and two walks over seven innings against the Rays. He struck out eight.
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Effective in no-decision
PToronto Blue Jays
September 18, 2022
Manoah allowed a run on four hits and four walks while striking out five in six innings in a 5-4 loss Sunday against Baltimore. He did not factor into the decision.
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Settles for no-decision Tuesday
PToronto Blue Jays
September 14, 2022
Manoah didn't factor into the decision in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks over 6.2 innings in a 7-2 win. He struck out five.
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Recovered, starting Game 2
PToronto Blue Jays
September 13, 2022
Manoah (illness) will start Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays with no restrictions, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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