Andrean grad Sean Manaea drafted by Royals

2013-06-06T22:15:00Z 2013-06-07T02:22:16Z Andrean grad Sean Manaea drafted by RoyalsHillary Smith, (219) 933-3233

Sean Manaea was picked by Kansas City as the first selection of the Competitive Balance Round of the Major League Baseball draft Thursday.

An Indiana State lefty, Manaea missed a start May 21 against Creighton, pulled just before the game began without throwing a pitch. The injury report dropped him in the draft, according to analysts on MLB Network.

Manaea, an Wanatah native, finished the regular season 5-4 with a 1.47 ERA and 13 starts for the Sycamores. He had 93 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings.

Manaea, who won a Class 3A state championship with Andrean in 2010, was considered among the best pitchers in the country at the start of the college season.

His stock rose during the summer while he played for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. Manaea was named by Baseball America as the top prospect to come from the 2012 Cape Cod League, and as the league's top pitcher. He started eight games and finished with a 5-1 record, walking seven batters and striking out 85 in 51 2/3 innings.

He is the second-highest selection by a player from Indiana State; catcher Bill Hayes was picked 13th overall by the Cubs in 1978.

This is the first year of the Competitive Balance Rounds of the draft, which came as a part of the most recent collective bargaining agreement. These picks were given to teams in the smallest markets, 12 in all, six after each of the first two rounds of the draft. These are the only picks in the draft that can be traded.

With its first-round selection at No. 8, Kansas City picked Stephen F. Austin shortstop Hunter Dozier.

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