College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 3 on our Top 100 Countdown is Indiana State’s Sean Manaea. The 6’5 left-handed pitcher from Wanatah, Indiana set a Cape Cod League record with 85 strikeouts in one summer.
As a freshman, Manaea made 15 starts for Indiana State as he went 5-5 with an ERA of 4.32. In his 83.1 innings pitched, Manaea struck out a team-high 82 batters. During his sophomore season, Manaea made 17 starts where he went 5-3 with an ERA of 3.34. In his 105 innings pitched, Manaea struck out 115 batters, which ranked thirteenth nationally in 2012.
Following his sophomore season, Manaea played for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod League where he set the modern day Cape League record of 85 strikeouts on the summer. His success earned him the honor of being named the top summer league prospect by both Baseball America and Perfect Game.
From a scouting perspective, Manaea’s red-hot summer in the Cape really put him on the map of scouts across the country. The southpaw is highly projectable as he has a very solid frame as well as strong velocity. His fastball reportedly touches as high as 96 and his delivery adds excellent deception to his pitches. As one of the top pitchers in the country, Manaea is also one of the top players to watch for in 2013.