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Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - By David Furones Staff writer dfurones@sun­sen­tinel.com, @DavidFurones_

Broward County will be rep­re­sented live at the MLB draft early next month.

Amer­i­can Her­itage first base­man and Miami Hur­ri­canes signee Tris­ton Casas was in­vited to the first round June 4 and plans on at­tend­ing.

“It was pretty amaz­ing [to get in­vited],” Casas told the Sun Sen­tinel. “I’ve been watch­ing the draft now for a cou­ple of years, and I’ve seen the guys that were in­vited there and how spe­cial it is to see the looks on their faces.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to hope­fully get­ting my name called pretty early that day and shar­ing that mo­ment with my fam­ily. It’s go­ing to be pretty cool.”

The power-hit­ting lefty was one of five play­ers in­vited to at­tend and will be in­ter­viewed dur­ing the broad­cast, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The draft will take place at MLB Net­work’s Stu­dio 42 in New York and will stream on MLB.com.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing mo­ment for Tris­ton,” Amer­i­can Her­itage coach Bruce Aven said. “He de­serves ev­ery­thing he’s get­ting. He’s put in the work, and we’re very proud of him.”

The lat­est mock draft on MLB.com has him go­ing to the Miami Marlins with the 13th pick. The slot value of the sign­ing bonus there is $4,038,200.

At 6 feet 5 and 249 pounds, Casas is lauded by scouts for his raw hit­ting power and pitch recog­ni­tion for an 18-year-old.

“He takes ev­ery­thing that he does very se­ri­ously, with a very pro­fes­sional ap­proach,” said Matt Blood, Team USA 18U na­tional di­rec­tor, in a state­ment. Casas has posted a .393 bat­ting av­er­age with six home runs and 29 RBI this sea­son and leads the county in walks (27) as Her­itage rolls into re­gional fi­nals af­ter top­ping ri­val Arch­bishop Mc­Carthy on Wed­nes­day.

He was a first-team All-County se­lec­tion in the Sun Sen­tinel each of the past two sea­sons.

Other Pa­tri­ots who may be draftable se­nior prospects are in­fielder Cory Ac­ton, a Florida signee, and pitcher Bai­ley Man­tilla, signed to UM like Casas.

Last year, the high­est lo­cal prospect se­lected was Pavin Smith, a Univer­sity of Vir­ginia first base­man who went through Palm Beach Gar­dens and was taken sev­enth by the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs. Mc­Carthy’s Joe Perez and Her­itage’s Mark Vien­tos were both sec­ond-round picks.


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