University of Louisville catcher Will Smith had been called one of the hottest names of the pre-draft buzz in recent weeks and that chatter proved to be correct on Thursday night.
Smith became the third U of L player taken in the first round when the Los Angeles Dodgers made him the No. 32 pick of the MLB Draft. He would have been the highest pick in school history except for Corey Ray (No. 5) and Zack Burdi (No. 26) who were picked before him.
The former Kentucky Country Day standout had been known for his defense until this season until he really stepped up at the plate this season. Smith is hitting .380 and has seven home runs and 43 RBIs after hitting .242 as a sophomore.
He has thrown out 12 of 24 attempted steals this season.
U of L coach Dan McDonnell said earlier this week that Smith has "just been so consistent for us."
"We always knew he was a superstar," McDonnell said. "Now, everybody else is seeing it."
Smith name had been thrown around in recent weeks as a potential first-round pick after much of the season seeing his name projected anywhere from the fourth to 10th round.