Smith named Cleveland minor league All-Star

Former St. Cloud State All-American baseball player Jordan Smith was named an organizational minor league All-Star by the Cleveland Indians Friday.

Smith was named to the team as an outfielder. He hit .292 in 134 games for the Class A Carolina Mudcats this past summer. Smith hit five home runs, had 54 RBI, hit .290 against right-handers and .296 against lefties.

Smith doubled his stolen base total from last season and saw his numbers go up in hits, doubles, runs scored and on-base percentage. Smith, a Willmar native, was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round of the 2011 MLB draft.

“He’s probably one of the most natural and committed defenders we have in the outfield,” Indians vice president of player development Ross Atkins said of Smith.

“He’s really a joy to watch defend in the outfield and he also plays all three outfield positions. He’s making good progress and has had some impressive adjustments.

“We think there’s a lot more to come to come from Jordan.”

Andy Rennecke

About Andy Rennecke

A sports writer for the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times newspaper who covers St. Cloud State athletics with a focus on football, women's basketball and men's basketball. I also cover the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods League. Follow Andy Rennecke at
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