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Sean Manaea | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Left

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Royals prospect LHP Sean Manaea had a shaky professional debut on Tuesday, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk in 3 1/3 innings for High-A Wilmington.
The 22-year-old's outing was his first since signing with the Royals, as he was held out of action last summer after undergoing hip surgery in June. The fact that the organization assigned him directly to High-A Wilmington is a testament to his overall potential and ability to move quickly through their system. Apr 9 - 12:58 PM

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Royals prospect Sean Manaea pitched on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in June.

The Royals selected the Indiana State left-hander with the first pick in the competitive balance round and 34th overall selection in June's draft. Kansas City paid out a $3.55 million bonus -- a record for a supplemental round selection -- to persuade Manaea to skip his senior season. Manaea will likely begin next season at Lo-A Lexington or Hi-A Wilmington. "As long as everything is (healthy)," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "We may keep him here until May or even June. I don't know. We've just got to wait and see as we get closer."
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 12:09:00 PM

Royals agreed to terms with competitive balance pick LHP Sean Manaea.

Baseball America's Jim Callis reports that Manaea will receive $3.55 million, which is a record for a supplemental round selection. The reason Manaea slid, of course, is due to concerns about the health of his hip, which he was have surgery on to repair a torn labrum. He'll be ready to pitch next spring, though, and the Royals are convinced it won't be a long-term issue. Manaea has the upside of a top-flight starter and should move fast if he's able to stay healthy.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 08:16:00 AM

Royals selected Indiana St. left-hander Sean Manaea with the first pick in the competitive balance round and 34th overall selection in the draft.

Well, it looks like the Royals' strategy worked; go cheap with the eighth overall pick and then take maybe the draft's most difficult sign 34th overall. Manaea projected as a top-five pick before questions about his health arose this spring. He was 5-4 with a 1.47 ERA and a 93/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings for Indiana State this year, but his season ended early amid worry about his shoulder and hip. If the Royals can get him signed and keep him healthy, he might be a top-of-the-rotation guy for them in two or three years.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:41:00 PM

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