Posted: 12:44 pm Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

2011 MLB Draft: Santaluces RHP Kyle Smith selected 126th overall (4th round) by Kansas City Royals 

By Matt Porter

Santaluces grad Kyle Smith became the second Palm Beach County player chosen in this year’s MLB Draft, going 126th overall to the Kansas City Royals.

Smith, the Post’s large schools player of the year, was dominant in his high school career. A 6-foot, 180-pound pitcher with excellent control and low-90s velocity, Smith struck out around a batter and a half per inning in his four years at Santaluces.

In his senior year, Smith led the area in strikeouts (116), ERA (0.40) and went 9-1. He allowed just four earned runs and 14 in total. In 69 1/3 innings, he allowed just 46 hits. All but four were singles. He struck out 116 and walked 14, or more than eight strikeouts for every walk.

A Florida signee, Smith has not decided whether or not to turn pro. His advisor, Jason Wood of Arland Sports, expected him to join the Gators.

“Kyle’s very appreciative of the Royals taking him and it’s an honor,” Wood said. “His commitment to Florida is extremely strong, and I don’t see anything coming between him and that.”

Were he to sign with the Royals, he would join arguably the best farm system in baseball. The Royals, stocked with hitting prospects like former Plantation-American Heritage star Eric Hosmer and several quality left-handed pitchers, was rated No. 1 by Baseball America before the season.

For more on Smith, here’s a feature the Post ran during the season, when MLB scouts were out in full force during Smith’s starts.

Here’s some scouting video on Smith from MLB.com: