Texas Tech’s Josh Jung and West Virginia’s Alek Manoah were named NCBWA District Players of the Year for their respective districts on Friday.
Manoah, a junior right-handed pitcher at West Virginia, helped lead the Mountaineers to their second NCAA Regional in the last three years, 13th overall in school history and second time hosting the event – first since 1955. The District 2 Player of the Year was the 11th overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft on Monday. Manoah was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and is a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year award and was named a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. The Miami, Florida, native compiled a 9-4 record in 16 starts with a 2.08 ERA in 108.1 innings worked. Opponents hit just .186 against Manoah, who was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
Jung, who has split time this season on the left side of the infield, helped the Red Raiders to this weekend’s Super Regional against Oklahoma State. The San Antonio, Texas, native became the second player in program history to be selected in the first round when he was tabbed by Texas Rangers. Jung hit .340 as a junior with 22 doubles and 11 home runs. The District 8 Player of the Year fashioned a team-leading .478 on-base average, scored 59 runs and knocked in 53. He is the fourth player in program history named Big 12 Player of the Year, and was an All-Big 12 First Team member. He also was named an all-American by Collegiate Baseball and a finalist for the Bragan Award.
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NCBWA District Players of the Year
Josh Jung, Texas Tech - District 8
Alek Manoah, West Virginia - District 2