Tim Smith (baseball)

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Tim Smith
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Outfielder
Born: (1986-06-14) June 14, 1986 (age 28)
Toronto, Ontario
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Timothy James Smith (born June 14, 1986) is a Canadian professional baseball outfielder for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at Arizona State University. Smith has also competed for the Canadian national baseball team.

Career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Tim Smith
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  Canada
Baseball World Cup
Bronze 2011 Panama City National team
Pan American Games
Gold 2011 Guadalajara National team

Smith attended Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, where he was named to the High School Baseball All-Star Team by the Toronto Star after his senior year.[1] Drafted by the New York Mets in the 21st round (614th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, Smith opted to go to college instead of signing. He enrolled at Midland College, a junior college, where he set school records for career average (.459), OBP (.547), slugging (.736) and steals (41).[2] and after one season, Smith was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round (505th overall) of the 2005 MLB Draft, but again, he did not sign.[3]

Smith transferred to Arizona State University, where he played college baseball for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team in the Pacific-10 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. The Sun Devils reached the 2007 College World Series.

Professional career[edit]

"That's the first time ever seeing Tim Smith -- he's a great baseball player. He's one to look out for down the road, if not next year. He's the type of guy you wanted up with runners on base because you knew he was going to produce. He did well for us in Panama and then again at the Pan American Games. It was exciting to watch him play."

Michael Crouse[4]

Following the 2007 season, Smith was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 7th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He was a Midwest League All-Star in 2008, winning All-Star Game Most Valuable Player honors.[5] On September 3, 2009, the Rangers traded Smith and Manny Piña to the Kansas City Royals for Danny Gutierrez.[6] Smith was a Texas League All-Star in 2010.[7]

Offered the choice between serving as a backup in Class AAA or being released, Smith opted for free agency.[8] Smith signed with the Atlanta Braves in April 2012.[9] In January 2013, Smith signed with the Baltimore Orioles.[10]

International career[edit]

Smith has played for the Canadian national baseball team. In 2011, he participated in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, winning the bronze medal, and the Pan American Games, winning the gold medal.[11][12] At the Pan American Games, Smith was second on the Canadian team in batting average (.350) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.985).[4]

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