Cardinals Sign Former Florida Slugger

Just two weeks after being released by the Baltimore Orioles organization, the former University of Florida star, C.J. Smith signs a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals and is assigned to the Swing of Quad Cities.

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed C.J. Smith and assigned him to the Quad Cities roster, the Swing of the Quad Cities announced on Friday. Smith will be active for Friday night's series-opener in Kane County, as the top two teams in the Midwest League's Western Division ready for a four-game set.

Smith, a 24-year-old first baseman from Tampa, Florida, was originally a fifth-round pick by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2004 draft out of the University of Florida. He was hitting .183 through 36 games in his second season with the Delmarva Shorebirds (Low-A, South Atlantic League) before being released by the Orioles' organization on July 13.

Smith batted .332 with 31 home runs and 129 RBI during three collegiate seasons playing first base for the Gators, earning Southeastern Conference All-Star honors as a junior in 2004.

Among his other honors, Smith was named; 2004 Preseason Collegiate Baseball All-American, 2004 Collegiate Baseball Third-Team All-American and to the 2004 ABCA Third-Team All-American

Through 175 games in his pro career, Smith has a career .219 batting average with eight home runs and 73 RBI.

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