American Heritage pitcher Brandon Barriera in rarefied air after being selected 23rd by Toronto Blue Jays

American Heritage’s Barriera in rarefied air after going 23rd; Douglas’ two-time player of the year Anthony also picked on MLB draft’s first day

The Toronto Blue Jays made American Heritage left-handed pitcher Brandon Barriera the first selection among players who have attended high school in Broward or Palm Beach counties this year, expending the 23rd pick on the 6-foot-2, 180-pound southpaw.

The 23rd slot, according to, has a value of $3.08 million.

Barriera, who turned 18 in March, becomes the second-highest draft pick from the school in Plantation, behind only first baseman Eric Hosmer being taken third by the Kansas City Royals in the 2008 draft. He also is the fifth-highest selection directly out of any Broward high school.

Hosmer stands as the highest-drafted player to be taken directly out of a Broward high school, while right-handed pitcher Pete Broberg remains the high-water mark in Palm Beach County, 54 years after being picked second in 1968 out of Palm Beach High School (which merged with Roosevelt High School in 1970, becoming Twin Lakes High School, which then merged with North Shore High in 1988 and became Palm Beach Lakes).

Broberg chose to attend Dartmouth and went on to be drafted with the first pick in 1971 by the Washington Senators.

Major League Baseball draft selections in the top 23 directly out of a Broward high school, according to

3. 1B Eric Hosmer, American Heritage, Royals, 2008

13. P Andrew Painter, Calvary Christian, Phillies, 2021

14. P Nick Travieso, Archbishop McCarthy, Reds, 2012

16. P Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian, Diamondbacks, 2014

23. P Brandon Barriera, American Heritage, Blue Jays, 2022

Broward two-time player of the year goes to Red Sox

Stoneman Douglas outfielder Roman Anthony, the Sun Sentinel’s large-schools player of the year in 2021 and 2022, was selected on the first day’s penultimate pick, getting taken 79th by the Boston Red Sox.

Anthony scorched pitchers this season for a .520 batting average with 10 home runs, 40 runs batted in, 52 hits, 36 runs and 14 doubles for a slugging percentage of .980. It marked a huge jump from 2021, when he hit .363 with five home runs, six doubles and a triple, along with 25 walks.


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