Posted: 5:30 pm Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

2011 MLB Draft: Rounding up Day 2; will Kyle Smith and Michael Kelly choose Gators or pros? 

By Matt Porter

The advisor for local draftees Michael Kelly and Kyle Smith expects both will choose scholarships over signing bonuses.

Smith, who was selected 126th (4th round) by the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, and Kelly have until midnight on Aug. 15 to sign pro contracts, but Jason Wood of Arland Sports thinks both will head to the University of Florida rather than begin pro careers, saying both right-handers each feel a strong connection to the Gators. 

If the pitchers do not sign by the deadline, MLB teams lose their rights and they are not again draft-eligible until age 21, when both will be college juniors. 

Kelly, taken 48th overall by the San Diego Padres Monday evening, would command a hefty signing bonus. The slot money – the amount the commissioner’s office suggests for a given draft selection – for this year’s No. 48 pick is $728,000. Every negotiation is different; for example, last year’s 48th pick was projected to receive a $829,800 bonus and reached a $1.15 million deal with the Detroit Tigers.  

The Padres’ history shows that a big bonus may not be in Kelly’s future. According to Baseball America, San Diego signed eight of 10 picks in the first 10 rounds of last year’s draft. They paid 93 percent of slot, the sixth-lowest percentage among the 30 MLB clubs. 

“If the Padres know what they’ve got, I sure hope they’d offer whatever it takes to get him signed,” said former West Boca Raton coach Brian Joros, who coached Kelly from his freshman to junior seasons. “That’s a heck of a steal.”

As a 126th pick, Smith’s slot money is $227,000. According to Baseball America, the Royals paid 120 percent above slot last year, signing all of their first 10 picks. 

Last year, the average MLB organization paid 125 percent of slot. The Los Angeles Dodgers spent the most; they paid 224 percent above slot, a total of $6,597,400 on amateur bonuses.

For much, much more information on amateur signings, see BA’s blog.

Smith, a 6-foot, 180-pound Santaluces grad, was the first Palm Beach County player chosen Tuesday. He was one of 14 local products to be selected in the first 30 rounds of the draft. 

Jupiter grad Jack Armstrong Jr., a junior at Vanderbilt, was taken 99th overall (third round) by the Houston Astros. Armstrong, a 6-7, 230-pound right-handed reliever, was an 11th-round selection of Texas in 2008. 

West Boca Raton shortstop Tyler Greene was taken 361st overall (11th round) by the Philadelphia Phillies. Greene will head to Georgia if he does not sign.  

Boca Raton outfielder Dominic Jose was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the 15th round (465th overall). Jose, the son of former big-league All-Star Felix Jose, is committed to Stanford. 

Two area high school shortstops were picked near each other in the 20th round. Park Vista’s Trea Turner was chosen No. 602 overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Palm Beach Gardens’ Tommy Williams went No. 604 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Turner (6-2, 160) is a North Carolina State signee and Williams (6-2, 170) is committed to UCF. 

“Either way, you can’t lose. He’s hooked up with a great college program, and it’s an honor to be drafted,” Park Vista coach Larry Greenstein said of Turner’s decision, a sentiment that applies to nearly everyone else taken. 


AREA PLAYERS DRAFTED
First 30 rounds, 2011 MLB Draft

1s (48) – Michael Kelly, RHP, West Boca Raton – San Diego Padres
3 (99) – Jack Armstrong, RHP, Vanderbilt (Jupiter) – Houston Astros
4 (126) – Kyle Smith, RHP, Santlauces – Kansas City Royals
11 (361) – Tyler Greene, SS, West Boca Raton – Philadelphia Phillies
14 (436) – Nick Rickles, C, Stetson (Palm Beach Gardens) – Oakland Athletics
15 (453) – Mike McGee, RHP, Florida State (Port St. Lucie) – Seattle Mariners
15 (465) – Dominic Jose, OF, Boca Raton – Los Angeles Angels 
16 (489) – Rafael Lopez, C, FSU (Summit Christian) – Chicago Cubs
16 (500) – Travis Miller, RHP, Miami (Jupiter) St. Louis Cardinals
17 (540) – Taylor Motter, SS, Coastal Carolina (Palm Beach Gardens) – Tampa Bay Rays
20 (602) – Trea Turner, SS, Park Vista – Pittsburgh Pirates
20 (604) – Tommy Williams, SS, Palm Beach Gardens – Arizona Diamondbacks
21 (649) – Peter Mooney, SS, South Carolina (Seminole Ridge) – Toronto Blue Jays
22 (665) – Michael Miedzianowski, SS, Martin County – Baltimore Orioles
26 (810) – Raymond Church, IF, FAU (Santaluces) – Tampa Bay Rays
29 (890) – Chris Matulis, LHP, UCF (Park Vista) – St. Louis Cardinals

COLLEGES

FLORIDA
3 (104) – Nick Maronde, LHP, Los Angeles Angels
6 (199) – Anthony DeSclafani, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
9 (282) – Alex Panteliodis, LHP, New York Mets
11 (341) – Tommy Toledo, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
13 (403) – Josh Adams, SS, Florida Marlins
16 (498) – Preston Tucker, 1B, Colorado Rockies
23 (701) – Ben McMahan, C, Milwaukee Brewers
24 (751) – Matt Campbell, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
29 (885) – Gregory Larson, RHP, Los Angeles Angels

MIAMI
2 (90) – Harold Martinez, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
3 (98) – Ezekiel DeVoss, CF, Chicago Cubs
8 (260) – Danny Miranda, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals
16 (500) – Travis Miller, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
17 (513) – Nathan Meledres, CF, Seattle Mariners

FLORIDA STATE
1 (28) – Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Atlanta Braves
15 (453) – Mike McGee, RHP, Seattle Mariners
16 (489) – Rafael Lopez, C, Chicago Cubs
19 (587) – Dan Bennett, RHP, Detroit Tigers
22 (688) – James Ramsey, RF, Minnesota Twins
27 (819) – Taiwan Easterling, OF, Chicago Cubs

FAU
17 (537) – Paul Davis, RHP, San Francisco Giants
26 (810) – Raymond Church, IF, Tampa Bay Rays

FIU
30 (913) – Jose Behar, C, Florida Marlins

UCF
5 (166) – Beau Taylor, C, Oakland Athletics
20 (618) – Daniel Winkler, RHP, Colorado Rockies
21 (634) – John Griffin, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
29 (890) – Chris Matulis, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals

USF 
8 (263) – Kevin Quackenbush, RHP, San Diego Padres
18 (565) – Jim Moran, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
20 (615) – Juan Carlin, LHP, Los Angeles Angels
27 (822) – Randy Fontanez, RHP, New York Mets
29 (900) – Jonathon Koscso, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays

OTHER AREA COLLEGES
1 (10) – Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Indian River State, San Diego Padres
11 (347) – Rodger Green, 1B, Barry, Detroit Tigers
12 (381) – Andrew Virgili, RHP, Lynn, Chicago White Sox
19 (573) – Luke Guanraccia, C, Palm Beach State, Seattle Mariners
23 (709) – K’Shawn Smith, SS, Indian River State, Toronto Blue Jays

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