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Pavin Smith
Arizona Diamondbacks
First baseman
Born: (1996-02-06) February 6, 1996 (age 23)
Jupiter, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Pavin Joe Smith (born February 6, 1996) is an American professional baseball first baseman in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He played college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers.

Amateur career

Pavin participated in the Babe Ruth League's 2008 Cal Ripken Major70 World Series. His two home runs in the World Championship helped his Jupiter, Florida, team defeat Mexico 5–4.[1] Smith attended Palm Beach Gardens Community High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He played for the school's baseball team as a first baseman and pitcher.[2] The Colorado Rockies selected him in the 32nd round of the 2014 MLB draft, but he did not sign.[3][4]

Smith enrolled at the University of Virginia to play college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team. He played the 2015 season with an ulnar collateral ligament injury of the elbow, which prevented him from pitching. Smith had the game-winning hit in the second game of the 2015 College World Series against Vanderbilt.[5] Smith underwent Tommy John surgery after Virginia won the College World Series, and returned to play in 2016.[6] He hit eight home runs as a sophomore. In 2017, his junior year, Smith batted .342 with 13 home runs and 12 strikeouts.[7]

Professional career

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Smith with the seventh overall selection of the 2017 MLB draft.[8] Smith signed with the Diamondbacks, receiving a $5,016,300 signing bonus.[7]

Smith made his professional debut with the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League[9] and spent his whole first season there, posting a .318 batting average with 27 RBIs in 51 games.[10] He was named a postseason All-Star.[11] Smith spent the 2018 season with the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League[12] where he hit .255 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 120 games.[13] After the 2018 season, he played in the Arizona Fall League.[14] Smith began 2019 with the Jackson Generals of the Class AA Southern League.[15]

Personal life

As a Christmas present in 2017, Smith paid off his parents' mortgage.[11]


  1. ^ "Ripken World Series won on walk-off". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Pressure meets Gardens baseball duo heading into playoffs". Sun Sentinel. April 19, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "County's top prospects drafted, opt for college". The Palm Beach Post. June 7, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Ramspacher, Andrew (October 9, 2014). "Talented Cavalier freshmen face early expectations | Cavalier Insider". Daily Progress. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "When the lights were brightest, Virginia's stars shined at the College World Series | CWS". Omaha World Herald. June 24, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Doughty, Doug (May 24, 2017). "Virginia's Pavin Smith continues to improve as a power hitter on the baseball field | UVa Sports News". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Arizona Diamondbacks sign first-round pick Pavin Smith". The Arizona Republic. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Gilbert, Steve (January 20, 2016). "D-backs take Pavin Smith with No. 7 Draft pick". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Hops' Smith collects first three hits as a pro". Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Pavin Smith Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  11. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Visalia Rawhide 2018 Season Preview". Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "Pavin Smith Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "Top MVP candidates to collide in AFL championship".
  15. ^ "2019 Arizona Diamondbacks Farm System Preview". April 4, 2019.

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