Editor's note: The above video is from April 19, 2016.
The A’s will call up left-hander Sean Manaea to start Friday against the Houston Astros, a source confirmed to CSNCalifornia.com, giving one of the game’s top pitching prospects his first crack in the major leagues.
With Eric Surkamp being sent down earlier this week, the A’s needed someone to fill Friday’s start. The 24-year-old Manaea, acquired last July from Kansas City as part of the Ben Zobrist trade, has done nothing but impress since joining the organization. He showed terrific stuff and poise during five appearances in big league spring training. In three starts for Triple-A Nashville, Manaea has surrendered just three runs over 18 innings with 21 strikeouts and four walks.
Jesse Hahn was another leading candidate for promotion to make Friday’s start, but he reportedly is dealing with blisters.
Baseball America ranks Manaea the No. 48 overall prospect in the majors. His promotion has been eagerly anticipated since he arrived on the big league scene in spring training, drawing attention with his electric stuff and a curly mop of long hair that spills out from underneath his cap. And he’ll get to make his major league debut before the Coliseum fans as Friday will mark the A’s first game back from a 10-game road trip.
The San Francisco Chronicle was first to report news of Manaea’s promotion.