CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami signee and American Heritage star Zack Collins was the sixth Hurricane selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday.
Collins, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound power hitter and Pembroke Pines, Fla., native, was picked in the 27th round (No. 825 overall) by the Cincinnati Reds.
Collins, who played both catcher and first base during his time with the Patriots, was named a 2013 Rawlings First Team All-American. As a junior, Collins belted a grand slam in the Class 5A state baseball championship finale, guiding the Patriots to their second state championship in program history. In his final year at Heritage, Collins hit .388 with five homeruns and 31 RBI.
Known for his outstanding bat and impressive power, Collins was ranked No. 110 in Perfect Game’s Top 500 pre-Draft prospect rankings and No. 113 by Baseball America. He joins fellow signees Matt McPhearson (fourth round, Arizona Diamondbacks), J.D. Underwood (fifth round, Los Angeles Dodgers), Willie Abreu (14th round, Cincinnati Reds), Derik Beauprez (25th round, Boston Red Sox).
|MIAMI HURRICANES SELECTED IN 2013 MLB DRAFT|
||HIGH SCHOOL/PREVIOUS SCHOOL|
|4||120||ARI||Matt McPhearson, OF||Riverdale Baptist (Columbia, Md.)|
|5||154||LAD||J.D. Underwood, RHP||Palm Beach State (West Palm Beach, Fla.)|
|14||435||CIN||Willie Abreu, OF||Mater Academy (Hialeah, Fla.)|
|21||619||COL||Eric Nedeljkovic, RHP||Sierra College (Folsom, Calif.)|
|25||743||BOS||Derik Beauprez, RHP||Cherry Creek (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.)|
|27||825||CIN||Zack Collins, C/1B||American Heritage (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)|
|ALL-TIME MIAMI HURRICANES DRAFTED BY CINCINNATI REDS|
|1974||1||24||Mike Armstrong, RHP ($)||Cincinnati Reds|
|1983||10||238||Danny Smith, LHP||Cincinnati Reds|
|1999||29||878||Michael Neu, RHP||Cincinnati Reds|
|2000||3||93||David Gil, RHP||Cincinnati Reds|
|2002||5||135||Kevin Howard, 3B||Cincinnati Reds|
|2005||34||1,022||Brandon Camardese, LHP||Cincinnati Reds|
|2006||20||594||Eddy Rodriguez, C||Cincinnati Reds|
|2008||24||719||Enrique Garcia, RHP||Cincinnati Reds|
|2010||1||12||Yasmani Grandal, C||Cincinnati Reds|