High School Buzz 

Royal Palm Beach P Triston McKenzie signs with Cleveland Indians

  • 4:12 pm Monday, June 29th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Royal Palm Beach pitcher #Triston McKenzie throws against Benjam during the first inning at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter on April 13, 2015.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Triston McKenzie has made his decision.

The former Royal Palm Beach pitcher will forgo college baseball to play on the professional level. McKenzie signed with the Cleveland Indians for $2,302,500, according to MLB.com, which is currently the largest signing bonus for a right-handed high school pitcher this year. A source close to McKenzie confirmed the news. [More]

2015 MLB Draft: Which Palm Beach County high school players have signed to play pro baseball?

  • 2:38 pm Friday, June 19th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Austin Smith, a senior at Park Vista Community High School, throws a pitch during the Park Vista vs. Dwyer game at the West Boynton Recreation Center in Lake Worth on March 11, 2015.  (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)

With the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft in the past, it’s time for prospects to make a big decision that will change their futures.

Park Vista pitcher Austin Smith and Dwyer pitcher Tom Szapucki have already made their choices, opting to play professional baseball over playing on the college level. [More]

Baseball: Former PB Gardens teammates Smith, Schwarz face off in College World Series

  • 4:26 pm Monday, June 15th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Pavin Smith is hitting .312 for Virginia this season. (Post file photo)

Longtime Palm Beach Gardens baseball coach Joe Russo won’t pick a winner of tonight’s Florida vs. Virginia College World Series game in Omaha. [More]

Palm Beach Post 2015 All-Academic teams

  • 6:00 am Sunday, June 14th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Brockton Boretti, Wellington, libero for Wellington High School volleyball, in a portrait on Thursday, May 14, 2015. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

American Heritage — Nick Rubinowicz. An All-Area First Team punter/kicker for the Stallions’ football team, he also maintained a 4.81 honors-point average and earned an AP Scholar with Honor award. He will play football at the University of Maryland.

Benjamin — Savannah Logan. A multi-sport athlete who set a school record by earning 19 varsity letters, she also was a member of the National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society, maintained a 4.09 honors-point average, and took nine advanced placement courses. She will play volleyball at Rider University.

Boca Raton — Alexandra Kasper. A two-sport varsity athlete who qualified for the state [More]

2015 MLB Draft: List of Palm Beach County high school players drafted

  • 10:31 am Thursday, June 11th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
American Heritage SS Jonathan India will pass on pro baseball to play for the Florida Gators. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

After 40 rounds of selections over three days, nine high school players from Palm Beach County were picked in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

Here’s a chart with all of the info you need to know on each local high school player drafted. [More]

2015 MLB Draft: Six more Palm Beach County high school players drafted on Day 3

  • 11:03 am Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Jupiter pitcher Mack Lemieux was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 14th round Wednesday. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft finally came to a close Wednesday.

After 1,215 total picks over 40 rounds and three days, nine high school players from Palm Beach County were drafted. Six of the players were selected Wednesday.

Over the first two days, three Palm Beach County high school players had been drafted headlined by Royal Palm Beach pitcher Triston McKenzie and Park Vista pitcher Austin Smith, who were both selected on Day 1 of the draft Monday. (Read more about Day 1 here) [More]

2015 MLB Draft: Three Palm Beach County products drafted on Day 2

  • 12:35 pm Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Park Vista pitcher Austin Smith (left) and Royal Palm Beach pitcher Triston McKenzie were taken in the MLB Draft on Monday.

The second day of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft brought more good news to Palm Beach County.

A pair of local high school pitchers were drafted on the first day, as Royal Palm Beach right-hander Triston McKenzie was taken by the Cleveland Indians with the 42nd overall pick in the Competitive Balance Round A and Park Vista right-hander Austin Smith was taken by the San Diego Padres with the 51st overall pick in the second round of the draft Monday. (Read more about their day here) [More]

2015 MLB Draft: Royal Palm Beach P Triston McKenzie, Park Vista P Austin Smith drafted on Day 1

  • 11:13 pm Monday, June 8th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Royal Palm Beach pitcher Triston McKenzie throws against Benjam during the first inning at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter on April 13, 2015.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

As the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft grew closer, Park Vista pitcher Austin Smith and Royal Palm Beach pitcher Triston McKenzie admitted the wait leading up to the big day had been hard.

But once the draft began, the pair of Palm Beach County products didn’t have to wait too long to hear their names called. [More]

Baseball: Former Boca Raton pitcher Alex Gonzalez earns win in Major League debut

  • 2:40 pm Monday, June 1st, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Former Boca Raton pitcher Alex Gonzalez, in a 2010 file photo, earned a win in his Major League debut for Texas on Saturday. (Post file photo)

Former Boca Raton right-hander Alex ‘Chi Chi’ Gonzalez made his Major League debut for the Texas Rangers on Saturday, and it couldn’t have gone any better. [More]