Posted: 5:14 pm Thursday, June 13th, 2013
By Matt Porter
J.D. Underwood is heading to pro ball.
The Palm Beach State right-hander from Palm Beach Gardens High signed a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who chose him in the fifth round (154th overall) of the MLB Draft.
A source said the deal was higher than the slot value (suggested signing bonus) for the 154th overall pick, which is $306,200. Had he not signed with L.A., Underwood would have played for the University of Miami next season.
Underwood, son of former major league pitcher Tom Underwood, brought Palm Beach State to its first state title since 1984 and the first junior college world series appearance in program history. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-hander with a big-league-quality curveball and a low-90s fastball, he threw a complete game on three days rest to lift the Panthers to the state title, then went the distance again in a national semifinal. He finished with eight complete games in his final nine starts.
During the regular season, he went 8-2 with a 1.66 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 92.1 innings. He walked just 12 batters. A left-handed bat, he also hit .367 with three homers and a team-high 47 RBI.
New districts out: The FHSAA on Thursday released its new district alignments for the 2014-15 seasons.
Several noteworthy items, here:
* The new setup in District 9-8A, the area’s most power-packed group. Dwyer, a strong program and 2012 champion, drops out in place of Seminole Ridge, which last season in 10-8A earned its first regional playoff berth. Jupiter, Palm Beach Central and Palm Beach Gardens remain in 9-8A.
* Santaluces moves up to 10-8A from 13-7A, which is now a bloated, eight-team district including teams from the former District 14-7A. Dwyer jumps in, along with Atlantic, Forest Hill, Lake Worth, Olympic Heights, Palm Beach Lakes, Royal Palm Beach and West Boca Raton. District 14-7A is now a Broward district.
* Suncoast has the least desirable commute for district games, having been placed in District 15-5A with Palm Bay-Bayside and Melbourne-Palm Bay.
* American Heritage, King’s Academy and Pope John Paul II leave Class 3A to join District 13-4A along with Cardinal Newman and St. Andrew’s. Benjamin loses its longtime rival, King’s, and welcomes Melbourne-Florida Air, John Carroll, Melbourne Central Catholic and Vero Beach-St. Edward’s into District 13-3A along with Jupiter Christian.
* For the first time since a 2009 brawl against Miami-Brito earned them a district suspension, Trinity Christian is back in a district. The Warriors will join District 14-3A along with upstart Oxbridge Academy, Lake Worth Christian and three Broward programs.
The full districts:
Fort Pierce Central
Palm Beach Central
Palm Beach Gardens
John I. Leonard
Palm Beach Lakes
Royal Palm Beach
West Boca Raton
Fort Pierce Westwood
Port St. Lucie
Pembroke Pines Charter
Pope John Paul II
Melbourne Central Catholic
Vero Beach-St. Edward’s
Coral Springs Christian
Pompano Beach-Highlands Christian
Lake Worth Christian
Fort Lauderdale-Westminster Academy
Palm Bay-Brevard HEAT
Palm Bay-Covenant Christian
Vero Beach-Master’s Academy
Merritt Island Christian
Boca Raton Christian