Posted: 11:51 am Friday, June 6th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
The second day of the draft brought some surprises.
Three players that graduated from Palm Beach County high schools were drafted Friday. But the Palm Beach Gardens duo of catcher JJ Schwarz (Florida commit) and first baseman/pitcher Pavin Smith (Virginia commit) were not taken.
According to Baseball America, Schwarz entered Friday as the 16th best player available entering the third round. Smith was the 41st best player available.
On Day 1 of the draft, former Park Vista standout and current North Carolina State shortstop Trea Turner went 13th overall to the San Diego Padres. (Read more about Trea Turner’s day here)
The draft continues with Rounds 11-40 at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Here is what happened on Day 2 of the draft:
One year ago, the MLB Draft brought Darren Seferina a feeling of disappointment
This time around, the draft brought the former Trinity Christian standout happiness. After not being drafted in 2013, Seferina was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 165th overall pick in the fifth round Friday.
“When he didn’t get drafted, he was down. He really wanted to play ball,” Trinity Christian coach Miguel Cuello said. “But he has just taken off since then. He did everything he needed to do.”
It marks the highest a Trinity Christian product has ever been selected in the MLB Draft.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound second baseman spent the past year playing at Miami-Dade Community College, batting .405 with 39 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.
“Darren just has good baseball instincts,” Cuello said. “He has speed and I thought he was going to get drafted last year. But I think a year at Miami-Dade helped him a lot. He got quicker and he got a little smarter.”
The slot value, or suggested signing bonus, for the 165th pick is $280,100 according to Baseball America.
Seferina will have until Aug. 15 to make a decision between signing a contract to play professional baseball or staying at Miami-Dade Community College for at least another year. Junior college players may enter the draft regardless of how many years of school they have completed.
American Heritage alum Anfernee Seymour was taken by the Miami Marlins with the 197th overall pick in the seventh round of the MLB Draft on Friday.
The shortstop, who graduated from American Heritage in 2013, spent the past year at Elev8 Sports Institute. Seymour batted .303 for the Stallions last season.
“He’s an unbelievable athlete,” American Heritage coach Carm Mazza said. “He has above average Major League speed and he probably has an above average Major League arm.”
The slot value, or suggested signing bonus, for the 197th pick is $205,700 according to Baseball America.
Seymour is committed to the State College of Florida. He will have until Aug. 15 to make a decision between signing a contract to play professional baseball or honoring his commitment.
Former Royal Palm Beach standout Brandon Thomasson was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 273rd overall pick in the ninth round of the MLB Draft on Friday.
The Tennessee Tech outfielder batted .336 with 22 home runs and 76 RBIs this season.
The slot value, or suggested signing bonus, for the 273rd pick is $146,200 according to Baseball America.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.