The 6' 3", 200 prospect out of Dodge County helped carry his team to a 22-4 record and a "Sweet 16" appearance.
did Matt fare at the plate this season?
"In 73 at bats, I had 38 hits
(.521 batting average), 15 HR's, 10 doubles, 48 RBI's, 14 walks, 5 K's, 3 SAC's,
9 hit by pitches, and 4 stolen bases," added Matt Smith..
Did he receive
"I was named All-Middle Georgia and All-Region by the
Atlanta Constitution, and I also was named the Player of the Year in Dodge
Last season Smith had another productive year as he had 43
hits in 82 at bats (.524 average) with 6 Hr's and 39 RBI's.
at the plate is not unusual for Matt as he has been a four year starter for Dodge
County. Take a look at these stats:
In 318 at bats, Matt has 144 hits,
28 Hr's, 37 doubles, 6 triples, 125 RBI's, scored 120 runs, 11 Sac's, 35 K's,
46 walks, 16 hit by pitches, 18 stolen bases, and has only committed 6 errors
in the field.
Matt set the Dodge County school records for career hits,
runs scored, RBI's, doubles, Hr's, and batting average (.453).
It is no
wonder why some whispers at the Ole Miss camp say he could be another Stephen Head/Brian Pettway type of player.
What kind of pitcher is Smith?
did not pitch a whole lot this year. I pulled a muscle in the back of my arm,
so I did not even pitch until the playoffs started. I threw about 7 innings in
one game and that was it."
When healthy, what can you expect out of
"I throw it in 88 - 90 (MPH range) on a good day, somewhere
And which pitches are in his arsenal?
a 4 seam fastball, change up, and a curveball."
Matt's out pitch?
Which pitch that needs the most work
"My change up."
Which colleges did Matt consider
before choosing Ole Miss?
"Ole Miss, Clemson, Mississippi State, and
Georgia were the ones that gave me the best offers that I took into consideration."
came in second?
"Clemson made me a really good offer. They were my
first option, but I just felt more comfortable at Ole Miss."
"I was playing in the Tennessee Smokie Showcase tournament
last summer. The Arizona Diamondbacks
invite 100 players to play in a mini-tournament. Anyway, I saw Coach McDonnell
in the stands with his Ole Miss hat on. I was like, man, he was just in Florida
watching me play like a week before that. And then I remembered he was in Alabama
the week before that. The man just followed me everywhere. It just kind of all
hit me at once that Ole Miss really wanted me. That was pretty much the clincher."
will Matt play next season at Ole Miss?
"They recruited me to play
either LF or RF and do some pitching."
Key signee will arrive on June 27th
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