Manny Collier waited nearly three days to find out whether or not he would inch closer to fulfilling his dream of playing for a Major League Baseball team.
His moment finally came on Wednesday, the third and final day of the 2019 MLB Draft.
The Westwood High School senior center fielder was drafted in the 23rd round by the Chicago Cubs, Collier’s hometown team.
“There were tears of joy,” Collier said shortly after being drafted. “It’s always been a dream to play for my hometown team. Alfonso Soria was the reason why I wanted to play for my hometown.
“His mindset of the game really spoke to me. Now look where I’m at. It’s an honor.”
Collier played a vital role for the Warriors this season, who were near the top of the 6A standings most of the year after a 15-2 start. Westwood entered the 6A tournament as the 7-seed but were eliminated by Liberty High in the early rounds.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder also played football during his time at Westwood, quickly emerging as one of the top playmakers. Collier rushed for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two seasons at the varsity level. He also had 720 receiving yards for 10 more scores.
Collier signed to play baseball next season for South Mountain Community College in farm system.
“I’m most likely going to sign,” Collier said. “I think I should be the next athlete to make a big jump in the future.”
Other current and former EV prep players drafted
- Mountain Pointe alum Brock Bell was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 7th round. Bell is currently a pitcher for State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.
- Basha alum Casey Legumina was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 8th round. Legumina is currently a pitcher at Gonzaga.
- Hamilton alum Logan Boyer was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round. Boyer is currently a pitcher for San Diego State.
- Chandler alum Antoine Mistico was drafted in the 12th round by the Seattle Mariners. Mistico was a center fielder for Gateway Community College but recently signed to play at Illinois.
- Horizon catcher Kody Huff was drafted in the 32nd round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Huff was a star for the Huskies, who won the 5A state title in May. He signed to play for Stanford.
- Mesquite pitcher Trey Clarkson was drafted in the 33rd round by the Cincinnati Reds. Clarkson signed to play for Utah next season.
- Seton Catholic pitcher Luke Bell was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round. Bell is the son of D-backs' Vice President, Player Development, Mike Bell. He signed to play for Grand Canyon University next season.