MLB Draft

South Florida talent all over final day of MLB Draft

As was the case when the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft started on Thursday, a right-handed pitcher from Coral Springs Christian was the first local selection on the third and final day of the selection process on Saturday.

A total of 20 players with local ties were taken in the final 29 rounds on Saturday.

Ten of those came from local colleges, with nine coming from high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Jose Brizuela, a third baseman from Florida State, graduated from Broward’s Archbishop McCarthy and was taken in the 16th round by the Phillies.

Coral Springs Christian got things started locally on Saturday, with pitcher Jay Muhammad going to Seattle in the 11th round.

The Crusaders, who advanced to the Class 3A state final four this past season, had a total of three players taken over the course of the draft.

Pitcher Touki Toussaint was the first local player selected when he went 16th overall to Arizona on Thursday.

Catcher Benito Santiago — the son of the Marlins’ very first backstop — was the third Coral Springs Christian player drafted when he was taken in the 38th round by San Francisco.

Santiago, who was thought to go within the first 10 rounds, has signed with Tennessee.

Not long after Santiago was picked, another South Florida player with a very familiar name was taken.

Magglio Ordonez, whose dad, Magglio Sr., played for the White Sox and Tigers over his 15-year career, was taken 12 picks later in the 38th round by Detroit.

Ordonez was the third player from Plantation American Heritage to be drafted over the three-day period. Heritage and Coral Springs Christian tied for the most local high school players selected.

The other American Heritage players drafted were shortstop Milton Ramos (taken in the third round on Friday) and Brandon Vicens.

“It’s been exciting for us, and I can imagine what it’s like for the families,” American Heritage coach Bruce Aven said.

“It’s great for the kids. They put in a lot of work, as do the families. It’s quite a commitment. And one day can change your life. This is a new chapter for them.”

UM’s palmer taken

Among local colleges, the University of Miami had six players taken.

On Saturday, outfielder Tyler Palmer went in the 21st round to the Los Angeles Angels and second baseman Alex Hernandez went in the 40th round to Houston.

FIU, which had the highest collegiate player taken when catcher Aramis Garcia went in the second round to the Giants, had four players selected over the three-day draft, including lefty Mike Gomez (13th round, White Sox).

St. Thomas University, Barry University and Miami Dade College each had two players drafted.

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