Posted: 3:57 pm Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Baseball: Palm Beach State signs three area high schoolers 

By Matt Porter

Palm Beach State, long one of the better Division I junior college baseball programs in the nation, added three more locals to the mix.

Royal Palm Beach outfielder Christopher Barr, Seminole Ridge shortstop Marcus Mooney and American Heritage middle infielder Michael Shepard signed letters of intent to play for the Panthers after their senior seasons.

Barr, one of the faster players in the area, has “draft speed,” according to Royal Palm coach Brian Joros. He plays center fielder, but also played first base and pitched for the Wildcats last year. He hit .341 with 15 steals in 16 games last year.

As a junior, Mooney was the area’s batting leader (.493) among large schools. He will the third Mooney brother to come through Palm Beach State. Mike spent last year with the Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore) and Peter spent finished the season with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto). All three Mooneys are shortstops.

Shepard, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound shortstop, was an All-Area honorable mention in his junior season.

There are 20 local players on Palm Beach State’s current roster. They are:
OF Justin Bryant, Royal Palm Beach … C Ryan Church, Santaluces … P Edwin Cody, Summit Christian … P T.J. Farjad, Seminole Ridge … P Alex Greener, Jupiter … P Calvin Greener, Jupiter … INF Alex Hernandez, Palm Beach Central … INF Tim Jeffrey, Palm Beach Gardens … INF Adam Koerner, John Carroll … P Alex Koji, Santaluces … OF Matt Mulroy, West Boca Raton … OF Sean Murrell, Wellington … P Ronald Pena, John I. Leonard … P Ryan Pistey, Park Vista … P Ron Southard, Jupiter … INF Michael Tallet, Boca Raton … P James Tornabene, Palm Beach Gardens … OF Ryan Tufts, Pope John Paul II … INF J.D. Underwood, Palm Beach Gardens … P Brandon Welch, Palm Beach Gardens.