It was a long wait -- through Day 1's six rounds, and almost four more in Day 2 -- but Flanagan's star shortstop Rolando Gomez finally was taken, with the 349th pick overall (in round 11) by the Anaheim (they're not in Los Angeles) Angels.
Gomez arguably was the best Broward player this year behind American Heritage first baseman (and No. 3 overall pick) Eric Hosmer, but concerns about his size (5-7) and signability issues (including his commitment to University of Miami) might have caused the polished, instinctive player to slip.
**Update at the break** Through 15 rounds, we've got a break -- and we're still waiting for the second Miami-Dade player to be picked. However, Coral Park's Alejandro Castellanos (most recently with Belmont-Abbey College) was taken 305th overall by the Cardinals, joining a number of former Miami-Dade and Broward high schoolers to have been taken out of college this year. Among them:
Yonder Alonso (Coral Gables, UM, 7th overall to the Reds); Carlos Gutierrez (Columbus, UM, 27th overall to the Twins); Dennis Raben (St. Thomas Aquinas, UM, 66th overall to the Mariners); Alex Avila (Archbishop McCarthy, Alabama, 163rd overall to the Tigers); Christopher Dominguez (Gulliver Prep, Louisville, 167th overall to the Rockies); Richard Bleier (South Plantation, Florida Gulf Coast, 183rd to the Rangers); Daniel Farquhar (Archbishop McCarthy, Louisiana-Lafayette, 309th overall to the Blue Jays); Dominic De La Osa (Archbishop Carroll, Vanderbilt, 336th overall to the Twins); Michael Marseco (St. Thomas, Samford, 338th overall to the Brewers); Alberto Espinosa (Brito, Broward CC, 445th overall to the Royals); Daniel Cook (Westminster Christian, FAU, 447th overall to the Giants); and Joseph Coleman (Cape Coral, Florida Gulf Coast, 461st overall to the Cubs).
***Update: Martinez goes in 19th round*** Once considered a first-round talent, Braddock's Harold Martinez stayed on the board until the 573rd pick, where the Texas Rangers grabbed the 6-3 shortstop. Scouts pointed to a down year for Martinez as a reason for his potential slip, and now the Rangers must contend -- like Gomez -- with Martinez's commitment to UM.
***Update: Tigers pick Southridge's Young*** James Young, a 6-4 right-hander from Southridge, was taken 823rd overall (27th round) by the Tigers.
***Update: Reds end Sulbaran's wait*** American Heritage right-hander JuanCarlos Sulbaran, projected here as a late-first day/early-second pick, fell all the way to the 30th round, where he was grabbed by the Reds (899th overall). He could be headed to UF.
***Update: Reds raid Broward again*** The Cincinnati Reds apparently scout South Florida -- they took Coral Gables-turned-UM star Yonder Alonso seventh overall Thursday -- and didn't stop there. One round after taking Sulbaran, Cincinnati took another Broward pitcher -- Nova's Joey Housey, The Miami Herald's 6A-5A Pitcher of the Year -- with the 929th overall pick.
***Update: 35th-round break*** Through 35 rounds, here are some other college players drafted who went to Broward or Miami-Dade high schools: Chad Rose (McArthur, BCC, 497th to the Rockies); Mitch Houck (Cypress Bay, UCF, 524th to the Mets); Robert Lara (Nova, UCF, 585th to the Padres); Shawn Griffin (Chaminade-Madonna, Tennessee, 595th to the Royals); Brian Van Kirk (Westminster Academy, Oral Roberts, 639th to Toronto); Jorge Castillo (Gulliver Prep, FIU, 780th to the White Sox); Adan Severino (American, UM, 786th to the Twins); Elih Villanueva (Westminster Academy, FSU, 808th to the Marlins); Nick Arata (Nova, FAU, 841st to the Nationals); Reynaldo Cotilla (Miami Springs, MDC, 955th to the Royals); Jose Jimenez (Pace, U of Tampa, 1009th to the Angels); and Brian Pruitt (Florida Christian, Stetson, 1021st to the Nationals).
***Update: Another Avila goes to Tigers*** Archbishop McCarthy's Alan Avila Jr., son of Detroit Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila Sr., was taken in the 47th round (1415th overall) by his dad's team. If you'll recall, the Tigers on Thursday picked Avila's brother, Alex, for the second time; the Alabama catcher went in the fifth round, 163rd overall.
***Update: Killian's Miranda picked*** In the final round, Killian lefty Daniel Miranda was taken 1490th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals. Will he be the last local player drafted?
***Update: Belviso makes it four*** Nope. American Heritage outfielder Joey Belviso became the fourth player from the 3A state champion, joining Gomez in the Angels' organization (50th round, 1501st overall).
***Update: That's all, folks*** Here's the final round of college players who starred at local high schools: Yan Gomes (Southridge, Tennessee, 1192nd to the Red Sox); Clayton Suss (Cooper City, MDC, 1308th to the Diamondbacks); Alex Pepe (Highlands Christian, FAU, 1323rd to the Rangers); David Torcise (Westminster Christian, USF, 1403rd to the Reds); and Marcus Salmon (Sunset, MDC, 1438th to the Brewers).
Thanks for reading. That's a wrap, after 50 rounds and almost 15 hours...
--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)