Multiple sources including ESPN's Keith Law are reporting that Indiana State University southpaw Sean Manaea was injured this afternoon and removed from today's game without throwing an official pitch. Although the initial word was that Manaea had tweaked the sore hip that bothered him earlier this spring, the Indiana State University Athletic Department reports that Manaea felt shoulder tightness while warming up. The Sycamores went on to defeat the Creighton by a 4-3 score in Missouri Valley Conference Tournament action.
The 6-3, 235-pound lefty is a potential early first-round pick in the upcoming 2013 MLB Draft. He shot to the top of the prospect charts following an outstanding performance in the 2012 Cape Cod League, but his stock slumped a little this spring. His statistical performance for the Sycamores has still been excellent. . . he has a 1.47 ERA in 73 innings with a 93/27 K/BB ratio. . .but his velocity and command have been inconsistent, and he's been hampered a bit by a sore hip.
At his best, he has a mid-to-upper-90s fastball and a promising slider and change-up, making him a rare three-pitch power lefty. Even with some mixed opinions this spring he was a lock for the upper half of the first round, but the shoulder issue may scramble that. We will monitor the situation closely.