Former Columbia High baseball star drafted by Toronto Blue Jays
It's day two of the 2017 major league baseball draft. While no section-two products got the call during the first and second rounds on night one -- it wasn't long today before a resident of the 518 came off the board. Columbia graduate Kevin Smith was selected in the fourth round, 129th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.
He becomes the third former section-two star drafted by the Jays in four years. Shaker alum Jeff Hoffman was taken ninth overall back in 2013, and Shenendehowa grad Ben Anderson was selected in the 26th round last year. Union star lefty Jake Fishman was also taken in the 30th round by Toronto in 2016 -- making history as the first Dutchmen drafted...
Smith, the former Blue Devil and South Troy Dodger shortstop, was named first team all-state in his senior season -- along with receiving Rawlings high school gold glove honors...
The East Greenbush native left the capital region to play his college ball at Maryland.
Last summer -- he starred on the Cape, for the league champion Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, earning all-star game MVP honors.
Back in Maryland -- smith had a breakout season for the Terps at the plate. He was always known for his defense -- but followed that up with a team-high 48 RBIs -- and was tied for a Maryland best 13 home runs.
Smith's former south troy coach always knew he was something special.