A day after helping his team win the 2004 Northeast League Championship, New Jersey's Zack Smithlin was sold to the San Diego Padres. Smithlin joins Bangor's Isaac Pavlik and Quebec's Paul Jacinto as the third NEL player in the last week to be bought by the Padres and fourth overall (Quebec's Paul Abraham was purchased on June 10). He is the 14th player to be sold and 33rd alum to appear on an affiliated team's roster this season.
Smithlin, a 5-foot-10 outfielder, hit .300 this season with nine double and a triple. In addition, he was third on the team in runs scored with 52 and had a team-high 14 stolen bases. In 273 at bats, Smithlin only struck out 31 times, while recording 34 walks. In the playoffs, he hit .378, scored four runs and drove in four for the Jackals, which has now won three of the last four titles. Two of Smithlin's RBI in the playoffs came in the 13th inning of game four of the Championship Series to give New Jersey a 7-4 lead and force a deciding fifth contest.
Smithlin, who was signed as an nondrafted free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals, is in his first year in the Northeast League.
Zack Smithlin added to Padres system
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