Posted: 4:51 pm Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Baseball: Four Palm Beach County players in Rivals’ Top 100 rankings 

By Matt Porter

West Boca Raton right-hander Michael Kelly and shortstop Tyler Greene, Boca Raton outfielder Dominic Jose and Santaluces pitcher Kyle Smith are ranked among the top 100 baseball players in the 2011 class by Rivals.com.

Kelly

Kelly

Kelly (6-5, 195) is No. 12 overall. A five-star recruit signed with Florida, Kelly is projected to be a low-first or high-second round pick in the June MLB Draft. His fastball sits 92-93 and reaches 95, and he has good control of his curve and changeup. Scouts love his frame, which is considered one of the best in this year’s draft class. Kelly is hitting .400 this season with four homers (tied for second among large schools) and 19 RBI (fourth). Scouts compare him to Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello.

Greene

Greene

Greene (6-3, 175) is the No. 32 prospect. Greene played his sophomore year at West Boca and spent a year in Georgia when his family moved there for his father’s job. Greene’s family moved back before the school year. The Georgia signee has a unique approach to his future — he told Baseball America he chose to be home-schooled so he could “train all day for baseball.” Considered an all-around prospect, he has good speed, an excellent arm and solid power. His brother, Chase, is an outfielder in the New York Mets farm system (2009 draft, 16th round).

Jose

Jose

Jose (6-3, 182) comes in at No. 85 overall. The switch-hitter has a wiry, projectable frame, excellent speed and a strong outfield arm, and his batting .339 with four homers (tied for second among large schools) and 25 RBI (second). A Lake Worth native, he played at American Heritage from middle school to his sophomore year before transferring to Boca Raton as a high school junior. The Stanford commit is the son of former major league outfielder Felix Jose, a 1989 All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Smith

Smith

Smith (6-0, 180) is No. 97 on the list. He’s committed to Florida and is projected to be an 8th- to 12th-round pick in the June draft. The right-hander, who MLB scouts liken to Roy Oswalt because of his average size, his command and his devastating curveball, is 5-1 with an area-best 0.15 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 45.1 innings pitched. He did not allow an earned run until Friday against Palm Beach Central, breaking a 42-inning streak. He has allowed one ER this season and threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts against Feb. 25 against Atlantic.

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