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Local baseball stars celebrate being picked in MLB Draft

By John Evenson

J.D. Underwood just finished the ride of his life, helping to lead the Palm Beach State Panthers one win shy of winning a JUCO National Championship, but on Friday he started his next adventure. Underwood was drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft, the 154th pick overall.

The former Palm Beach Gardens Ace finished this past season with a 10-2 record on the mound, a 1.57 ERA, and was a huge part of leading Palm Beach State to a State Championship.

Underwood follows in his father Tom's footsteps, who passed away in 2010. He played in the major league for a decade for the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Yankees, Athletics and Orioles.

     Two over former South Florida high school baseball stars were back at home on Thursday night when they heard their names called in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft.

     Jonathan Crawford was with his family in Okeechobee when he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers 20th overall. The Florida Gator right handed pitcher is said to have a fastball that can reach the speed of 96 mph as well as a hard breaking ball. The former member of Team USA went 3-6 as a junior with the gators this, posting a 3.84 ERA.

     Orel Roberts' Alex 'Chi Chi' Gonzalez was drafted a few slots later by the Texas Rangers as the 23rd pick overall. The right handed pitcher played his high school baseball at Boca Raton, and is pegged by as "a potential Mariano Rivera-like quick-to-the-big leagues setup man or closer type."

Vero Beach High School grad Harrison Cooney, was taken in the 6th round by the Los Angeles Angels. Port St. Lucie Grad Stephen McGee, a catcher at Florida State, was picked in the 9th round by the Angels.

Local baseball stars celebrate being picked in MLB Draft

Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:51 PM EDT

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