Concerns over the health of Sean Manaea’s hip caused him to drop in the 2013 MLB Draft. Those concerns have not stopped the Kansas City Royals from giving the left handed pitcher a hefty $3.55 million bonus. The bonus the Royals will pay Manaea is more than double the assigned value for the 34th slot which is $1.62 million.
The bonus is a record for a supplemental pick and the second largest for a player outside the first round.
Manaea features a mid to upper-90s fastball and throws from the three-quarters arm angle. At Indiana State he set a school record with a 1.47 ERA and was third across NCAA Division I in strikeouts per nine with 11.4.
While Manaea began experiencing hip pain in late March he continued to pitch until May 21 when he was bothered by shoulder stiffness.