Posted: 12:27 pm Monday, August 1st, 2011

Baseball notes: Palm Beach Central’s Gage Morey commits to FGCU 

By Matt Porter

Florida Gulf Coast University received an early commitment from one of the area’s brightest young baseball standouts.

Palm Beach Central center fielder Gage Morey, a junior-to-be, pledged to FGCU.

Morey started last year as a sophomore and hit .372 during the regular season. He was an All-Area honorable mention.

Other baseball notes:

* Former Broncos right-hander Mitch Blakeney, a Palm Beach State signee, has a partial tear in his throwing elbow. If rehab is unsuccessful, he may elect to have Tommy John surgery.

Blakeney became the Broncos’ No. 1 starter for the District 9-6A tournament after ace Bobby Poyner (Florida) suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Blakeney went 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 40 regular-season innings.

* Poyner, who signed with Florida, will begin throwing again in three weeks. He underwent labrum surgery in April. In his senior season, the left-hander went 6-1 with a 1.91 and 51 strikeouts in 40.1 innings, batted .394 and was a first-team All-Area selection.

* Jordan Brinson, who spent time in the Broncos’ outfield and at designated hitter in his senior season, signed with Seminole State, a junior college in Sanford.

* West Boca Raton right-hander Matt Warren committed to Daytona State College. Warren, a senior-to-be, was a reliable No. 3 starter and bullpen option last season for the state champion Bulls.

This post was updated Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7:10 p.m.