The Toronto Blue Jays made American Heritage left-handed pitcher Brandon Barrera the first pick this year among players attending high school in Broward or Palm Beach counties, with the 23rd pick hitting a 6-foot-2, 180-pound Southpaw. spent on.
According to MLB.com, the 23rd slot is worth $3.08 million.
Barrera, who turned 18 in March, became the second-highest draft pick from the school at Plantation, only after first baseman Eric Hosmer was ranked third by the Kansas City Royals in the 2008 draft. That’s the fifth largest selection straight out of any Broward high school.
Hosmer stands as the highest-drafted player straight out of Broward High School, while right-handed pitcher Pete Broberg remains the Palm Beach County high-water mark, finishing second in 1968 from Palm Beach High. 54 years after he was elected. The school (which merged with Roosevelt High School in 1970 to become Twin Lakes High School, which then merged with North Shore High in 1988 to become Palm Beach Lakes).
Broberg chose to attend Dartmouth and was drafted by the Washington Senators with the first pick in 1971.
According to baseball-reference.com, the top 23 straight Major League Baseball draft selections from Broward High School:
3. 1b Eric Hosmer, American Heritage, Royals, 2008
13. P Andrew Painter, Calvary Christian, Phillies, 2021
14. P Nick Traviso, Archbishop McCarthy, Reds, 2012
16. Pee Toukie Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian, Diamondbacks, 2014
23. P. Brandon Barriara, American Heritage, Blue Jays, 2022