<strong>MORGANTOWN, W.Va.<\/strong> \u2014 West Virginia right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah made yet another bit of Mountaineers baseball history on Monday, tying for the highest overall draft pick in program history. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Manoah with the No. 11 overall pick in the 40-round draft.\n\n\u201cIt feels amazing,\u201d Manoah said. \u201cI thought this was a perfect fit for me when I met with the front office. I\u2019m just glad I was able to fall to 11. I think they\u2019re a good fit for me.\u201d\n\nHe said he felt a bond with Toronto general manager Ross Atkins, who, like Manoah, grew up in the Miami area. Manoah joked that he also hopes to form a future bond with rapper Drake, who is a staple at Toronto sporting events.\n\nManoah was the second pitcher taken in the draft, behind only TCU lefty Nick Lodolo. Manoah has a slotted draft value of more than $4.5 million for his rookie contract.\n\nJust a day removed from a painful exit from the NCAA tournament, West Virginia coach Randy Mazey said seeing Manoah get drafted was one of the greatest highs he\u2019s experienced.\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s one of the happiest days of my coaching career,\u201d Mazey said.\n\nWest Virginia teammates gathered with Manoah to watch the draft from Mazey\u2019s home.\n\n\u201cTo see how happy all his teammates were for him tells you what type of person he is,\u201d Mazey said.\n\nAccording to Manoah, the plan for him is to move through the Blue Jays system as a starting pitcher as he refines a third pitch to use with his devastating fastball and slider.\n\n\u201cI\u2019m ready to do whatever they want me to do,\u201d Manoah said. \u201cThe plan is for me to be a starter and be up there in the next couple years.\u201d\nAs it turns out, getting to Toronto for his jersey presentation will be half the adventure.\n\n\u201cI don\u2019t even have a passport,\u201d Manoah said. \u201cThat\u2019s something we\u2019re figuring out, how to get me in Canada by the end of the week.\u201d\n\nThe Big 12 pitcher of the year, Manoah set the single-season school record with 144 strikeouts in 108 1\/3 innings pitched. He also produced a midseason streak of 34 1\/3 scoreless innings.\n\nHis pitching and leadership were instrumental to the success of the Mountaineers, who hosted an NCAA regional for the first time since 1955. Manoah went 9-4 with a 2.05 ERA, becoming just the fourth West Virginia baseball player to be named a first-team all-American.\n\n\u201cHe\u2019ll go down perhaps as the greatest pitcher that\u2019s ever pitched for West Virginia,\u201d Mazey said. \u201cHe helped change the face of Mountaineer baseball forever. Led us to a regional host position. Was great in the community.\n\n\u201cHe\u2019ll be remembered for a long, long time for what he\u2019s done for our baseball program and he\u2019ll be remembered by me for a long, long time for what type of person he is.\u201d\n\nManoah is the second WVU player picked in the first round in the past 40 years. He ties the previous high-water mark for a WVU baseball draft pick, Chris Enochs, who was selected 11th in the 1997 draft.\n\nManoah is the 21st Mazey-coached player to be taken in the MLB draft.\n\n\u201cI think as a program and a coaching staff, we\u2019ve already changed the face of West Virginia baseball,\u201d Manoah said. \u201cMichael Grove last year in the second round. Now I\u2019m a top-15 pick. That sets the bar for recruits coming in.\u201d\n\nManoah\u2019s professional career may end up starting close to where he played college ball. The Blue Jays\u2019 Rookie League affiliate sits along the Virginia-West Virginia border in Bluefield.