KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals announced a $3.55 million agreement with Indiana State left-hander Sean Manaea, whom they chose with the first pick in the competitive balance portion for the draft.
Manaea was considered a first-round talent but slipped to the Royals at No. 34 overall in part due to a hip injury that will require surgery. Royals team physician Dr. Vincent Key said earlier this month that Manaea should be ready by the time spring training comes around.
The 21-year old Manaea, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound left-handed pitcher from Indiana State University, was 5-4 with a 1.47 ERA in 13 starts for the Sycamores this season. He struck out 93 batters in 73.1 innings pitched, ranking third in the NCAA with 11.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. He was named Second Team All-Missouri Valley and to the preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list.
The Royals ended their road trip with a small skid.
Luis Mendoza didn't allow a hit for four innings, but was knocked out of the game during a three-run sixth as the Royals lost 6-3 on Wednesday night to the Cleveland Indians, who snapped Kansas City's series-winning streak at four.
After winning the opener, the Royals dropped two straight and finished 4-3 on their swing through Tampa Bay and Cleveland. It was just their fourth loss in 15 games. Kansas City had won its previous series against the Rays, Detroit, Houston and Minnesota.
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