Was the growth process too fast? Alec Manoa, who seemed to be opening an era of success by being selected as an All-Star two years after his debut and finishing third in the Cy Young Award voting, descends to the rookie league. The Toronto club issued a prescription for failing to pitch 5 innings in 3 consecutive games.메이저사이트
On the 7th (Korean time), MLB.com reported the news of Manoa’s move to the Rookie League, saying, “The Toronto Blue Jays pressed Alec Manoa’s reset button.” It was a decision made in the continued sluggishness. Manoa threw 38 pitches against Houston on the 6th, giving up 7 hits (1 home run) and 6 runs in ⅓ innings.
Manoa missed five innings in eight of his 13 games this year, including giving up five runs in 3⅓ innings in the opener against St. Louis. Quality Start is only 2 times. In the last 3 games, he only pitched 3 innings (against Tampa Bay on May 26) – 4 innings (against Milwaukee on June 1) – ⅓ innings (against Houston on the 6th).
The 25-year-old, who finished third in last year’s All-Star and American League Cy Young Award voting, suddenly crashed. MLB.com saw his sluggishness as an unexpected result, saying, “Manoa was an inning eater and emerged as a face that symbolized the club. He was considered the center of Toronto’s rotation for many years to come.”
He also pointed out the different pitching patterns from last year and this year, saying, “Manoa doesn’t aggressively drive batters like he used to.”
“It’s not a sudden decision,” coach John Schneider said. “As I’ve been saying all along, we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help Manoa recover. Because we think that’s an appropriate first step.”
MLB.com predicted that “this process will require patience from both Toronto and Manoa,” and predicted that Manoa would go through the growth phase virtually from scratch.
Manoa made his major league debut in 2021 when he was 23 years old. In the minor leagues, he pitched in only nine combined single-A and triple-A games. The fact that the minor league schedule was completely canceled in the aftermath of the Corona 19 pandemic in 2020 also had an impact, but it is true that he has less minor league experience than other players.
Manoa confessed that he suffered psychological problems during a recent match. He explained his current condition, “There is a difference between the two mindsets, ‘throw a strike here’ and ‘don’t throw here.’ The Toronto club plans to keep in touch with Manoa even if he leaves the major league team and help him return.