Cory Smith Southern League POW

Minor League veteran Corey Smith, who turned 28 in April, was selected as the Southern League batter of the Week for Chattanooga. He posted a .412/.450/1.000 record during the week, going 7-for-17 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, five runs scored and eight RBI.

Although he was hitless through Wednesday, he was 2-for-2 with a double, a pair of RBIs and a stolen base in Thursday's game and swung his bat impressively through the weekend. He stole a base on Friday, and another on Saturday, and his speed didn't take away from his power.

Over his last 10 games he has hit .370 with a.500 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.306. He has also knocked in 10 runs.

He homered on Friday and Saturday, then combined for six RBIs and four runs scored on the first two days of the weekend. Smith finished the week strong, legging out an RBI triple, scoring and walking in Sunday's game in Carolina.

He has filled in extremely well for Andrew Lambo, who was suspended for 50 games for using an illegal substance.

Selected by the Indians in the first round (26th overall) of the 2000 first-year player draft he was signed by the Dodgers over the off-season.

Over 256 games and 5238 at-bats in the minors he has 1204 hits and 163 HR plus 710 runs batted in with Cleveland, San Diego, Chicago White Sox, Angels and Kansas City organizations.

He hit 30 HR for AA Mobile in 2005; 37 for AAA Newark in 2007, and 31 between AA Arkansas and AAA Salt Lake in 2008.

Smith was selected Southern League Player of the Week in July of 2005; Southern League Player of the Week in April and Mid-Season All-Star in 2006; Texas League Player of the Week in August of 2008 and in July of 2009. He was also a Mid-Season All-Star and Texas League All-Star Game Top Star in 2009.

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