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]

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: Park Vista, Royal Palm Beach, Benjamin among local teams in state rankings

  • 2:07 pm Friday, May 29th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Park Vista ended the season as the second-ranked team in the Class 8A state rankings. (Photo by Richard Graulich)

A Palm Beach County school could not bring home a state baseball title this season.

But one local team did finish the year in Theprepzone.com state baseball poll’s All-Classification rankings, as Park Vista came in at No. 4 on the list. The Cobras’ season ended with a loss to top-ranked Miami Columbus in a Class 8A state semifinal on May 20. [More]

Baseball: Park Vista drops in national poll after state semifinal loss

  • 2:55 pm Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Park Vista leads the season series with Boca Raton 2-1. (Photo by Richard Graulich)

Park Vista hovered around the top of the MaxPreps Xcellent 50 National Baseball Rankings throughout the season, but that changed this week.

After falling to Miami Columbus in a Class 8A state semifinal this past Wednesday, the Cobras dropped from No. 2 to No. 26 in the latest version of the national poll released Monday. Park Vista finished with a 28-3 record and lost in the same semifinals for the second consecutive season. [More]

Baseball: Park Vista moves to No. 2 in national poll

  • 3:05 pm Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Park Vista senior pitcher Austin Smith is 8-1 with a 0.64 ERA. (Photo by Damon Higgins)

Park Vista is heading toward the No. 1 spot.

The Cobras moved up to No. 2 in the latest version of the MaxPreps Xcellent 50 National Baseball Rankings released Monday. Park Vista is on a three-game winning streak, as it enters a matchup with Miami-Columbus in a Class 8A state semifinal on Wednesday in Fort Myers. [More]

Baseball: Inside the 2015 state semifinals

  • 11:40 am Monday, May 18th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Triston McKenzie is expected to start for Royal Palm Beach in Wednesday's state semifinal game. (Photo by Thomas Cordy)

As the summer nears, two Palm Beach County high school baseball teams are still playing.

Park Vista and Royal Palm Beach will represent the county in this year’s state baseball tournament. The state tournament will be played at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. [More]