Sean Manaea will make his 2015 debut with a full-season affiliate when he starts with Class A Wilmington on Monday.
Manaea, the finest left-handed pitching prospect in the Royals organization, has been delayed this season because of an abdominal strain and then a groin issue. He injured an abdominal muscle in the spring and missed all of spring training. As he rebuilt his pitch count at the team’s complex in Arizona, he tweaked his groin and missed two more weeks.
Now he is deemed healthy and ready to pitch. He will likely spend a couple starts in Wilmington, where he dominated in the second half of 2014, before graduating to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.
The Royals selected Manaea with the 34th pick in the 2013 draft. He went 7-8 with a 3.11 ERA in his first year of professional baseball last season. In his last 10 starts, he posted a 1.48 ERA, struck out 67 batters in 61 innings and limited hitters to a .462 OPS.
FROM THE STAR
1. Older, wiser and weary of strikeouts, Edinson Volquez reached a career-affirming milestone in Friday’s Royals victory.
2. Sam Mellinger wrote a column about Kendrys Morales, who hit a home run for the Royals, and Billy Butler, who did not do much of importance for the Athletics.
3. A story about how a gamble on Chris Young by general manager Dayton Moore has buoyed the rotation of the Royals.
4. Here is Friday’s daily video dispatch.
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