Signing on with one of the best junior college programs in the country, Flagstaff High School third baseman Drew Healy signed a national letter of intent to play for the Yavapai College Roughriders two weeks ago.
Located in Prescott, Yavapai won the 2016 NJCAA national championship and has produced major league players such as Curt Schilling, Kole Calhoun and Ken Giles in the past. Additionally, former Coconino pitcher Avery Weems attended the school for two years before transferring to the University of Arizona this past offseason.
Healy said he held a desire to play for the Roughriders for years, with the exposure available at the school both professionally and for larger colleges better than many other options.
Flagstaff manager Mike DoBosh said Healy was finally offered by the school this past fall while a few other junior colleges were interested. The senior stood out the past two seasons as he finished atop nearly all of the Eagles’ offensive categories.
Healy hit .370 for the Eagles last season, with a team-high 10 doubles among his 30 hits. The senior also led Flagstaff with 32 RBIs in his junior year playing against the Grand Canyon Region. As a sophomore, Healy finished with a team-high 35 hits with 12 going for extra bases. Also adding a team-leading 19 RBIs and 23 runs, Healy put in work against a region that included Thunderbird, Apollo, Cactus Shadows and Greenway among other Valley schools.
Primarily a third baseman, Healy also appeared in 11 games as a pitcher for the Eagles last season and finished in a tie for second with 19 strikeouts. DoBosh said he wasn’t sure where Healy would end up playing for the Roughriders, but expected him to remain in a corner spot either in the infield or outfield while Healy said the plan was third base but he would play anywhere possible.
Healy said the exposure playing on his club team in the Valley, Wilson Sandlot, aided him in playing against top competition year-round and allowed college coaches to take greater notice.