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WVU’s Manoah evolved after summer in Cape Cod

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Going to the Cape Cod League last offseason changed West Virginia’s Alex Manoah.

Manoah went to the Cape as a tall pitcher with plenty of tools but little finesse.

But the 6-foot-7 Manoah returned from the summer league with a slider that complemented his at-times overpowering fastball and a shift in mentality.

Manoah went 8-3 with a 1.91 ERA, setting a Mountaineers record with 125 strikeouts. He also walked just 22 — less than two per start.

“There was some immaturity my first two years, and I just tried to come out and blow fastballs by people,” Manoah said recently. “As a big guy, it’s hard to get all those limbs in the right spot every time. It’s hard to stay consistent every time trying to throw as hard as you can, and I think once I just focused on mechanics — the velocity has been there either way — it connected and that opened the door to everything.”

Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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