We continue the list today with number 53 in our countdown with Duke senior LHP Christopher Manno. He is from Brooklyn New York and attended Xaverian High School in New York. He had an outstanding high school career as a senior he hit .515 with nine home runs, 55 RBI and 34 stolen bases and went 5-1 with a 0.66 ERA and 95 strikeouts as he earned first team all-city accolades.
Manno struggled in his freshman season as he made seven appearances on the mound with two starts. He finished the season with a 0-1 record with a 9.64 ERA in 9.1 innings. He did lead the team in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.64. In his sophomore season (2008), he made 12 starts on the mound for the Blue Devils accumulating a 6-2 record with a 3.38 ERA while striking out 80 batters in 58.2 innings of work. He spent the summer with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League where he was a perfect 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA while striking out 54 batters in 48.2 innings. He also held opponents to a .182 batting average against. He was named to the CCBL All-Star Team and All-League Team.
In 2009, he spent most of the season as the Blue Devils number 1 starter as he made 14 starts with a 5-6 record and a 4.89 ERA in 73.2 innings. He continued with the high strikeout totals with 72 last season while walking 35 batters. Manno finished the 2009 season with a .234 batting average against which was good enough for eighth in the conference. He was even better in conference play as he held opponents to a .227 average which was good enough for fourth. The Washington Nationals selected him in the 2009 MLB Draft in the 38th round but he decided to come back for his senior season with the Blue Devils.
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