When discussing MLB’s youth movement, everyone talks about Ronald Acuna Jr., Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Juan Soto, or Fernando Tatis Jr.
Nobody talks about the pitchers: there is a lot of young pitching talent in MLB, ready to take over the league for years to come.
One of those young stars is Toronto Blue Jays‘ right-hander Alek Manoah.
He has been impressing since last year, when he made his MLB debut.
However, what he is doing this year is nothing short of amazing.
“Alek Manoah has won 8 straight starts dating back to last season (2 ER or fewer in those outings). Blue Jays are 12-0 over his last 12 starts. Has never lost a game at Rogers Centre (6-0),” Tim And Friends said via Twitter after his most recent dominating showing.
Alek Manoah 🔥🔥🔥
▪️ Has won 8 straight starts dating back to last season (2 ER or fewer in those outings)
▪️ Blue Jays are 12-0 over his last 12 starts
▪️ Has never lost a game at Rogers Centre (6-0) pic.twitter.com/RKMGbmZ573
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) April 28, 2022
Manoah’s last start came on Thursday, and he was, as usual, stellar.
Pitching against the Boston Red Sox, he stayed on the mound for seven strong innings, in which he didn’t allow any runs and conceded only three hits and a walk.
He punched out seven hitters and generated 12 swinging strikes.
A Truly Dominating Force At The Top Of The Jays Rotation
Manoah, for the season, has a sparkling 1.44 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 25 frames.
He has made four starts and has a 4-0 record.
He is fighting neck and neck with Kevin Gausman to see who is the best starter on the Blue Jays’ roster.
Both are extremely talented and competitive, and will be the reason behind the Jays making a lot of noise in 2022.
Just look at these pitches.
Alek Manoah, 92mph Sinker and 79mph Slider, Overlay.
Sinker = 16" of Run
Slider = 19" of Break
Good luck. pic.twitter.com/MJr3jOcXpY
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 28, 2022
Imagine having to face that as a hitter: the two portrayed pitches don’t really start breaking until well after they left the pitcher’s hand.
When you correctly identify it, it’s usually too late.
Manoah has everything to be a dominating force for Toronto for a long time.NEXT: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Comments On His Defensive Confidence