2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Alek Manoah

by Nick Zaniboni
2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Alek Manoah

Welcome back to our 2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week, where we will be covering the Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah. Last week, we looked at pirates 3b Ke'Bryan Hayes.

A quick refresher about what the next few weeks will entail.

The next few weeks will be slightly different. As I've stated before, I am a big WWE fan. With being a wrestling fan there are usually various different types of matches. My favorite WWE pay-per-view is called Money in the Bank. The concept is that 6-8 wrestlers try to retrieve a briefcase above the ring. This briefcase has a contract for an opportunity for a World Heavyweight championship belt. This match (or cash-in) can happen whenever the contract holder sees fit. Usually, the competitors are on the come-up and are trying to make their way towards the Main Event.

In the coming weeks, I will profiling six players I think can "cash in" during the second half of the year and become stars in future seasons. For the last week, I will be writing out the "match" by talking about all six players, eventually coming out with our "Mr. Money in the Bank." For this, I recruited my Internet friends and fellow wrestling/baseball fans @MichaelWaterloo and @bryanjoiner to help me create a list of guys that would be great for this "match"...

Week One: Logan Gilbert

Two: Ke'Bryan Hayes

Three: Alek Manoah

Four: Jarren Duran  (can't wait)

Five: Michael Kopech

Six: Alex Kirilloff

Seven: The winner

Before we get started, it's time for some cheap plugs for myself.  First, make sure you follow us on Instagram @fantasysixpack! I share my three favorite DFS plays on the page every day in our Reels feed.

Next, don't forget to tune into the On Deck Circle Podcast live on Tuesday nights. You can find it on our YouTube and our Twitter as well. I am constantly learning from my co-hosts, Dave and Jason. Speaking of Dave, here are his latest rankings

2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Alek Manoah

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Country road take me home

Manoah was drafted in 2019 in the first round with the 11th pick by the Toronto Blue Jays out of West Virginia University. He was looked at as one of the safer picks in the first round. A projectable college arm with a relatively fast track to the big leagues, he was arguably the best pitcher in the whole 2019 class of pitchers. Below I have posted the top 11 picks in what looks to be a class that could go down as an all-timer!

So far, only two out of this top-11 have made their big league debut. Those two are Andrew Vaughn and Alek Manoah.

99 Problems but a Pitch Ain't One

Okay, so Manoah does not have 99 problems. In fact, he might not have one issue other than being hurt. Anyway, the purpose of the title was to reference his four-pitch mix, and hoo boy is it impressive. Usually, we see young pitchers rely on their best pitch to get them through their first few outings. However, Manoah has used all four of his pitches pretty equally and is seeing some great results.

Above, we see the usage and location of his pitches. We have a four-seamer, slider, sinker, and changeup. His "strikeout" pitch seems to be his slider; it accounts for 28 of his 56 strikeouts (50%, math is fun).

His changeup, however, seems to be the pitch that needs the most work. Opposing hitters are hitting a mean .368. The rest go his pitches all have hitters hitting under .200. An entire off-season could help him figure out his mix and maybe even help improve his changeup as a whole.

Mass = Gas

Manoah is a big dude, measuring in at 6'6 and 260 lb (according to Google). However, there is one name I see when I see our man Alek Manoah. That name is Lance Lynn. I love Lance Lynn. He's a big dude, and without sounding obvious, he is a goddamn pitcher. He is on the shortlist of pitchers that I would want to take the ball to win a game. So for me, comparing anyone to lance Lynn is high praise.

Dynasty Outlook and Verdict

I see Manoah as a top ten pitcher in dynasty circles within the next two to three years. He has shown that he belongs in the bigs in his brief start here with the Blue Jays. The sample size is small, with only 47 innings so far. However, he has been a stud for those innings. He has an ERA in the mid 2.00's and a sub 1.00 whip.

It will be tough for any dynasty manager to acquire Manoah. However, I would advise you, if you see fit, to get him. Short of training a top MLB player, I would certainly consider it. He is ranked 183 in Daves ranks, and there are 10-20 names ahead of him that I would easily trade to acquire Manoah!
Thanks for reading, guys! Have a lovely week!

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