Blue Jays pitching prospect continues to shine

WORCESTER, Mass. – Top Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Alek Manoah delivered his third strong start in as many outings on Wednesday night for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

The right-hander, who was assigned to the top level of the minor leagues this season after finishing the 2019 campaign playing short-season class-A ball in Vancouver, allowed one run on four hits in six innings against the Worcester Red Sox.

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Manoah, 23, struck out 10 and walked one.

The Blue Jays’ first-round pick (11th overall) in the 2019 draft, Manoah has given up just one run in three starts (18 innings) this year after not pitching last season with the minor leagues cancelled because of COVID-19. He has struck out 27 and walked three.

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said last week that the team has been talking about the possibility of giving Manoah a shot in the big leagues.

The Blue Jays have had battled injury problems with their pitching staff this season. Struggling right-hander Ross Stripling was pulled in the fourth inning Wednesday night in Boston after giving up six runs on eight hits.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 19, 2021.


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