E-Town Pitcher Of The Year: Alexander Smit

Alexander Smit is the 2005 Elizabethton Twins Pitcher of the Year, as he was completely lights-out this past season. He was the main man in the Twins' bullpen, and the left-hander was basically untouchable the entire season. He is one of the main reasons why E-Town picked up the 2005 Appalachian League title.

Alexander Smit is the 2005 Elizabethton Twins Pitcher of the Year, as he was completely lights-out this past season. He was the main man in the Twins' bullpen, and the left-hander was basically untouchable the entire season. He is one of the main reasons why E-Town picked up the 2005 Appalachian League title.

Smit, who struggled as a member of the Beloit Snappers to begin the year, took his mid-season demotion in stride. He was mostly a starter for the Snappers, and his numbers were not very nice to look at. He went 1-7 in his ten starts before moving to the bullpen, where he went on to post a 1.50 ERA in four appearances.

He made his Elizabethton debut on June 21, and picked up the win in his 4.2 innings of relief. He struck out nine batters that day, and went on to strike out at least one batter in every single appearance for E-Town. His contributions to the team made him the number one option out of the pen.

He finished the year with a 6-1 record for the Twins, saving three games, and posting a 1.97 ERA in 21 appearances. He dominated Appalachian League hitters, striking out 86 of them in his 45.2 innings of work. He walked only 12 batters, while holding batters to a .157 batting average.

2005 was Smit's third season of professional ball, as he was used as mostly a starter throughout his first two seasons. He came into the year with a 4-1 professional record, posting a 1.76 ERA in his 14 appearances, including 12 starts. Last season, he was ranked the ninth best prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America.

At the end of the year, Smit was named to the league's post-season All-Star Team, making the team as the only Twins' player on the roster. Coming into the year, he was ranked the 20th best prospect in the organization by Baseball America, and should begin 2006 as a member of the Beloit Snappers once again.


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