SOUTHWEST MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL EAGLES BASEBALL
BRYAN MORGADO NEW PITCHING COACH
Bryan Morgado, former head coach at district rival Ferguson, has been named the pitching coach by head coach Mandy Pelaez. He compiled a record of 27-19 in two seasons leading the Falcons. A 2006 graduate of Florida Christian, he was named first team All-State and was drafted by the Red Sox in the 34th round, but turned down their offer to pitch at the University of Tennessee. After sitting out the 2007 season due to Tommy John surgery, he bounced back and was named a second-team freshman All-American in 2008. Morgado led the Vols in strikeouts in 2009 and was selected in the third round (102nd overall pick) by the White Sox but decided to return to Tennessee for his junior season. He was drafted for a third time following his junior year and signed with the Phillies, pitching seven seasons of minor league ball before retiring after the 2016 season. Morgado's cousin Danny was the quarterback at Southwest in the mid-90s and played with current Eagles football coach Donnie March.
ORBETA NAMED 1st TEAM ALL-DADE
Senior second baseman Erick Orbeta has been named first team All-Dade by the Miami Herald. Orbeta hit ,442, the highest average for an Eagle in 17 years. He also broke the school's single-season stolen base record with 24 thefts. Ace hurler Mario Garcia, a junior, was named second team after tying the school record for most starts in a season. Seniors Danny Cruz and Jorge Tejeda were third team selections while honorable mentions went to Damian Alfonso, Erick Mondelo, Jordan Worley and Eddie Sierra.
FOUR EAGLES NAMED ALL-DISTRICT
Southwest players took two of the top three spots in MiamiDadeHighSchoolBaseball.com's All-District team. Junior Mario Garcia was named Pitcher of the Year and senior second baseman Erick Orbeta was named Hitter of the Year. Also named to the team were shortstop Danny Cruz and outfielder Erick Mondelo. Cruz became the first District 15-9A player from any school to achieve the honor three years in a row. It is also the third straight year for Orbeta, but he was in District 16-7A his sophomore year.
PELAEZ NAMED TOP DISTRICT COACH
Mandy Pelaez has been named Coach of the Year in District 15-9A by MiamiDadeHighSchoolBaseball.com. It is the second time in three years that an Eagles coach has attained the honor, following Josy Torres winning in 2016. Under Pelaez' leadership, Southwest advanced to the county championship game, a tough 2-1 loss to Palmetto.
New pitching coach Bryan Morgado
DISTRICT 15 STANDINGS:
Team W-L SOUTHWEST 6-2 Columbus 6-2 Braddock 4-4 Ferguson 4-4 Varela 0-8
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