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June 6, 2013

ISU's Manaea is mystery man of MLB Draft

Wide variance in expert opinion as to where he'll be drafted

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Boras is also the advisor for Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. After Appel refused to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer, he went back to Stanford for his senior year with the idea of improving his draft stock, and, his draft slot value. The plan likely worked — Appel is slotted as a top-five pick after being chosen eighth in 2012.

There is speculation that Manaea could return to ISU should his draft stock slip too low.

“He’s welcome back here if he decides not to sign,” Heller said.

Despite the injury woes, Manaea still had a 1.47 earned-run average and held opponents to a .190 batting average this spring. He struck out 93 batters against 27 walks in 73 1⁄3 innings.

The remainder of the MLB Draft continues Friday and Saturday. Heller said other Sycamores could be drafted as well, including a few that might surprise some fans. Pitcher Devin Moore, first baseman Robby Ort and third baseman Koby Kraemer are all draft eligible. So are center fielder Landon Curry and pitcher Greg Kuhlman as they are both eligible as 21-year-olds.

“Devin, Robby and Koby all have a chance to get drafted. I’ve been making calls to make sure the scouts keep their eyes on them. Curry and Kuhlman are draft age eligible. They’re long shots, but might get a look,” Heller said.

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