Local, National, Sports, St. Cloud State, St. Cloud State, Top Stories — February 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Baseball player goes pro

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St. Cloud Husky – Jordan Smith – turns Cleveland Indian

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Last year St. Cloud State University’s baseball team had the best season in the school’s history. They set the SCSU baseball record for the most wins.

This year they could very possibly break some of their own records, but are missing a powerhouse player. Jordan Smith is drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth round out of fifty.

Smith signed a $125,000 dollar scholarship. He’s having a lot of fun getting paid to play ball and says life is good.

“My family has always been there for me through everything,” Smith says. “Traveling baseball and every one of my Husky games. They’re the rock of me. They really keep me humble and motivated.”

Smith went from playing ball at Saint Cloud State University, to playing rookie ball, to playing in the minor league. His major goal? To make it to major league baseball!

Even during the off season Smith is on the ball. He’s continuously working out and keeping up on his batting. In order to move up he’s got to keep up. Which isn’t a problem because he always works his hardest. He says he’s very serious about his baseball career.

You might be wondering if he’s going to finish his schooling. The answer is yes. Smith is going to take advantage of Cleveland’s opportunities. Since he works for the Cleveland Indians he’ll receive two years of free schooling.

Smith heads to Goodyear, Arizona tomorrow for spring training. He has been receiving support from family, friends and the community. He says people of his hometown congratulate him on being covered in the news.

According to Andy Rennecke in a sports article for the St. Cloud Times, “If everything goes well for Smith in the next few years he could climb his way up to Double-A with the Akron Aeros or to Triple-A with the Columbus Clippers.”

Smith says he looks forward to playing ball and hopes to play in the major league someday. He is from the small town of Willmar, MN and is inspiring boys that their dreams can come true in baseball.

Even Smith's little cousin wants to follow in his footsteps. Photo provided by Facebook.

 

Saint Cloud State University has had twenty-six players drafted in all it’s history but only one of them signed with the Cleveland Indians. Jordan Smith.

Brian Hansen was also drafted last season but didn’t sign because he was only a sophomore and wanted more college ball under his belt. He was drafted in a lower round than Smith.

“Usually when guys get drafted in the forty/fiftieth round don’t sign unless their junior or seniors and Brian was a red shirt sophomore draft eligible,” head coach Pat Dolan said.

Dolan hopes this draft will start a good relationship between the university and the Cleveland Indians.

“Hopefully this is a start of a really good relationship with the Indians,” Dolan says.

Saint Cloud State University’s baseball team plays in Hawaii over Spring Break and in the Metrodome at the end of March. Their next home game is at the beginning of April.

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