Posted: 2:34 pm Saturday, June 7th, 2014
2014 MLB Draft: Palm Beach Gardens, American Heritage, Trinity Christian, Palm Beach Central players drafted on Day 3
By Anthony Chiang
After capping off a memorable career at Palm Beach Gardens this year, JJ Schwarz knew he had a tough decision in front of him.
“It’s really hard to make a decision because there are two good options in front of you and you have to decide which one is best for you and your family,” Schwarz told The Palm Beach Post of the choice between college and pro baseball in April.
But it was made easier after he was not selected in the first two days of the 2014 MLB Draft. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound catcher finally had his name called Saturday, as the Milwaukee Brewers selected Schwarz with the 506th overall pick in the 17th round.
Despite being the first high school player from Palm Beach County taken in this year’s draft, Schwarz said he will pass on professional baseball to play at the University of Florida. He notified Gators coaches of his decision Friday.
Schwarz announced his decision to attend the University of Florida through Twitter on Friday night.
According to Baseball America, Schwarz entered the draft as the 73rd best prospect.As a senior, Schwarz batted .337 with seven home runs and a team-high 35 RBIs for the Gators.
In the 22nd round, American Heritage center fielder Todd Isaacs was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. Isaacs is committed to Palm Beach State.
Trinity Christian has two of its players drafted Saturday, as pitcher Richard Moesker was selected by the New York Mets in the 23rd round and outfielder Byron Murray was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 25th round.
Moesker’s fastball lives in the 90s. The right-hander recorded six wins to go along with a 1.57 ERA for Trinity Christian this past season.
Murray, who is committed to Southern Mississippi, batted .337 with 31 RBIs as a senior.
Palm Beach Gardens first baseman/pitcher Pavin Smith was taken in the 32nd round by the Colorado Rockies.
The lefty, who batted .395 and hit seven home runs this past season, was expected to be drafted within the first 10 rounds. But that didn’t happen, which solidified Smith’s decision to play for the University of Virginia next year. Smith has already notified Virginia coaches of his decision.
Palm Beach Central second baseman Diego Francisco was taken in the 40th and final round by the Kansas City Royals.
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.