Sean Manaea
Sean Manaea
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Through four starts last season, Manaea was sitting on a 9.00 ERA and 1.87 WHIP. However, a .462 BABIP, 46.2 LOB% and 4.19 xFIP in those 15 frames begged for patience. Sure enough, the lefty spun a 2.95 ERA and 0.95 WHIP the rest of the way, with a 3.62 xFIP over 39 innings during that stretch. Manaea's career strikeout rate is a pedestrian 19.7%, capping his ceiling and exposing him to the whims of variance as we saw last season. A 6.1 BB% and 44.6% groundball mark help keep his ratios in check. Manaea's bread and butter is a sinker, but it only generates a 7% swinging-strike rate while his lesser-used changeup, curveball and slider all generate double-digit rates. A tweak in Manaea's repertoire could manifest in more punchouts without hurting other areas. After his disappointing 2020, most are off Manaea, creating a potential buying opportunity in fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.95 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2021.
Looks good after diligent offseason
POakland Athletics
February 25, 2021
Manaea is already looking more confident and efficient with his pre-delivery movement during early bullpen sessions after some targeted offseason training, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The veteran southpaw went into the offseason with some momentum after going 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA over his final seven regular-season starts, and he got right to improving certain physical and mental aspects of his game. Manaea worked with a trainer on improving mobility and durability that strengthened his internal abductors, leading to what appears to be improved mechanics. The 29-year-old also put in time with mental performance coach and former college teammate Tyler Pazik to sharpen his confidence and killer instinct on the mound, a resource he plans to continue availing himself of during the regular season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
73
Last 10 Games
75
Last 5 Games
74
How many pitches does Sean Manaea generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-39%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .235 226 42 7 50 9 1 6
Since 2018vs Right .232 759 141 40 164 28 3 25
2020vs Left .250 53 11 1 13 2 1 3
2020vs Right .277 169 34 7 44 8 0 4
2019vs Left .211 40 10 1 8 1 0 1
2019vs Right .129 69 20 6 8 2 0 2
2018vs Left .236 133 21 5 29 6 0 2
2018vs Right .231 521 87 27 112 18 3 19
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-75%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-15%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.69 0.97 124.1 10 7 0 6.8 1.5 1.1
Since 2018Away 3.30 1.18 120.0 10 5 0 6.7 2.0 1.2
2020Home 3.91 0.95 25.1 3 1 0 7.5 0.7 1.1
2020Away 5.02 1.43 28.2 1 2 0 7.5 1.9 1.3
2019Home 2.13 0.87 12.2 2 0 0 9.9 2.1 2.1
2019Away 0.53 0.71 17.0 2 0 0 8.5 2.1 0.0
2018Home 3.86 0.98 86.1 5 6 0 6.2 1.7 0.9
2018Away 3.27 1.18 74.1 7 3 0 5.9 1.9 1.5
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Stat Review
How does Sean Manaea compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.63
 
K/9
7.5
 
BB/9
1.3
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
90.4 mph
 
ERA
4.50
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.318
 
GB/FB
2.18
 
Left On Base
59.8%
 
Exit Velocity
84.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.6%
 
Spin Rate
1662 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
33.2%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Manaea's 2018 was truncated by shoulder surgery, which was initially expected to keep him out for all of 2019. However, rehab proceeded well and the lefty returned when rosters expanded. When he finally made it to the hill, the Athletics didn't baby him as Manaea started five games, throwing 29.2 innings. He responded with a 1.21 ERA and 0.78 WHIP, earning the start in the AL Wild Card Game. Ignore the actual results; the important thing is Manaea was able to average nearly six innings a start, boding well for his fantasy potential in 2020. The southpaw's velocity and spin were down a tick, but that's to be expected after such a long layoff. Not to mention, he relies more on command and control and doesn't feature a curve while only throwing sliders about 20% of the time. Temper expectations to around 150 innings, but there's little reason to think Manaea can't pick up where he left off in 2018.
Manaea's 2019 season is very much in doubt after he had major shoulder surgery in late September. He has seen his average fastball velocity drop off nearly four miles per hour over the past three seasons and has had noticeable velocity dips in each of the past two second halves. He held batters to a .212/.264/.376 line before the All-Star break this past season, even no-hitting the eventual World Series champs, but 18 home runs allowed in 123 innings pushed his ERA up to 3.42 when it was all said and done. He allowed fewer homers (4) in the 37 innings he pitched after the break, but his opponents' slash line jumped to .286/.325/.414. If your league allows you to draft injured players and stash, Manaea is in the mix as he has shown signs of being worth it to do that. Just understand that you may not get a single pitch from him this year and we will not know more about his shoulder until late February.
Manaea came into 2017 wanting to tighten up his slider so it was not as loopy and overexposed to righties. He did use the pitch more in 2017, and early on it helped. Manaea hit the All-Star break with a 3.76 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 24.0 percent strikeout rate. He limped to the finish line last season, posting a 5.23 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 15.4 percent strikeout rate. That drop in strikeouts is alarming from season-to-season let alone within a single season. He did not lose too much velocity off his fastball (92.1 to 91.7), but he was quite hittable over the summer including an outing against Baltimore where he never got a second out while allowing six earned runs. When Manaea is dealing, it is fun to watch, but the lack of consistency right now dampens the appeal of his upside.
Success is all about making adjustments. Manaea built on his flawed first half (5.24 ERA in 12 starts) to become a stud during the second half of the season (2.67 ERA in 13 games, 12 starts). He improved across the board, and Manaea saved his best work for the final month of the season: four starts, 24 innings, a 1.13 ERA and 20:5 K:BB. The A's were careful with his workload: Manaea threw more than 100 pitches in just five of his 24 starts, and he was capped at 106 pitches in a game. His best offering in the first half was his changeup, which he threw just 23.1 percent of the time, but he upped the usage to 31.5 percent in the second half and thrived. The slider also showed inseason improvement, and his ability to mix the secondary offerings to batters on both sides of the plate will be a key aspect of his development. This combination of improvement and upside makes him an intriguing fantasy sleeper.
Manaea was the top chip acquired by the A's in the trade deadline deal that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City. The lefty will be 24 in February and was the 34th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He impressed right away after the trade, putting up a 1.90 with a 10.76 K/9 over seven starts at Double-A Midland. After dominating in the 2012 Cape Cod League, there was some talk before the 2013 draft that Manaea had a chance to go No. 1 overall, but injuries and poor performance caused him to slide to 34th. Manaea sits in the low 90's with his fastball and also features a plus slider that all comes with a deceptive delivery. The A's are very excited about Manaea and Billy Beane commented that Manaea is the type of guy he did not think would be obtainable at the deadline. Various minor injuries have slowed his momentum so far, but if he can stay healthy and pick up where he left off at the end of 2015, Manaea has a chance to join the A's before the 2016 season is complete.
Manaea put together a solid 25 starts in his first year at High-A Wilmington, posting a 3.11 ERA (supported by a 2.79 FIP) and a K/9 of 10.8. Some questions about his health caused his stock to slip a bit in the 2013 first-year player draft, but he was able to return from hip surgery and toss 121.2 innings during his age-22 season. The 6-foot-5 southpaw mixes a mid-90s fastball with an above-average slider, and also has a changeup in his arsenal. That combination of weapons prevented left-handed hitters in the Carolina League from homering off him in 2014, as Manaea was able to limit them to a .211 batting average. The sky is the limit for Manaea, who certainly has potential to rise quickly though the minor league ranks in the coming season. He'll look to build off the momentum generated from a strong second half, a period in which he limited opposing batters to a .180 average and posted a 1.01 WHIP over 73.1 innings.
Manaea was the Royals's second pick (34th overall) in the 2013 draft out of Indiana State University. Many experts originally suggested Manaea could have been a No. 1 overall pick, but the immediate need for hip surgery, a problem that developed from overcompensating for an ankle injury during his delivery, saw him drop down many teams' draft boards. The 6-foot-5, 235 pound lefty has a solid three-pitch arsenal with a fastball clocked as high as 96 mph, and after successful surgery and rehab, is expected to be ready for spring training. He is expected to open the year either in Low-A Lexington or High-A Wilmington. Depending on his progress, he could be on the fast-track towards the major leagues, but not likely until 2015 or 2016. Dynasty league owners will want to keep him on their radar as he does project to be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter down the road.
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Avoids arbitration with A's
POakland Athletics
January 15, 2021
Manaea signed a one-year, $5.95 million deal with Oakland on Friday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Can't finish fifth inning
POakland Athletics
October 6, 2020
Manaea took the loss in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Astros after allowing four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk over 4.1 innings.
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Takes no-decision
POakland Athletics
September 23, 2020
Manaea did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four across six innings.
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Could start first playoff game
POakland Athletics
September 22, 2020
Manaea, who is scheduled to make his final start of the regular season Wednesday against the Dodgers, is a likely candidate to also start the Athletics' first playoff game next week, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Takes third loss
POakland Athletics
September 15, 2020
Manaea (4-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven over 5.2 innings in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.
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