At the waiver trade deadline yesterday, the Los Angeles Angels traded relief pitcher Fernando Salas to the New York Mets for minor leaguer Erik Manoah, a right-handed pitcher. Here's a quick take.
Erik Manoah, RHP: Drafted in the 13th round in 2014 from high school in Homestead, Florida, Manoah has made 12 starts and one relief appearance for Brooklyn in the New York-Penn League this summer, posting a 5.37 ERA with a 63/27 K/BB in 62 innings, allowing 71 hits. His ERA is elevated due to a pair of bad starts where he gave up 19 runs in four innings; absent those two games his ERA is 2.79 with a 58/24 K/BB in 58 innings with 56 hits.
Manoah is listed at 6-2, 190, born December 22nd, 1995. His fastball is respectable at 90-94. His curveball, while inconsistent, has been effective against lower-level hitters and should be at least MLB-average in time; in high school some sources said it could be a plus pitch and that could still happen. His change-up is under development.
He is a Grade C prospect at this point but has sleeper potential, with a chance to develop into a back-end starter or perhaps a power bullpen arm.