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Mets Draft History: Who they could have taken over Dominic Smith in 2013

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Dominic Smith
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Dominic Smith
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OAKLAND, CA – JULY 22: Sean Manaea #55 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on July 22, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Sean Manaea

Selected 34th overall in the 2013 draft, Sean Manaea is a left-handed pitcher who the Oakland Athletics selected out of Indiana State University.

Manaea made his major league debut for the club in 2016 at the age of 24 and has been a fixture in Oakland’s rotation ever since.

In his debut season, he appeared in 25 games, starting 24 of them, and logged a 3.86 ERA over the course of 144.2 innings with a 7-9 Win/Loss record. He appeared to take a step backward in the 2017 season, as his ERA rose to 4.37, however, he did increase his workload from the previous year, starting 29 games for the club and pitching 158.2 innings, with a 12-10 Win/Loss record.

For the 2018 season, Manaea had his most consistent year to date. While he only started 27 games in 2018, two fewer than the season prior, Manaea lowered his ERA to 3.59, pitched a career-high 160.3 innings with a 12-9 Win/Loss record.

Additionally, Manaea’s career highlight came in 2018, when on April 21, 2018, Manaea threw a no-hitter against the eventual World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, becoming the first Athletics pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010. In the game, he struck out 10 batters and walked two. He was named Co-Player of the Week for his performance.

While he hasn’t had the flashiest of numbers thus far in his young career, there’s no doubt that Manaea has a lot of potential and just as he showed during his no-hitter, he may one day develop into a dominant pitcher.

Good, young pitching can be hard to find in the league today, especially a consistent southpaw. Especially with the unfortunate number of injuries the Mets have dealt with over the years with their starting rotation, knowing what we do now, Manaea could have been a tempting selection had the Mets chosen to go in a different direction.