Smit Named MWL Pitcher of the Week

Alexander Smit wowed the Appalachian League last season, striking out nearly 90 batters in only 45.2 innings of work. This season, he has wore two hats for the Beloit Snappers, beginning the year as a reliever before joining the Snappers rotation. On Tuesday, Smit was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week.

Alexander Smit was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday, thanks to a great performance during the week of August 7-13. During that time, Smit had his best outing of the season, a seven-inning, shutout performance against Fort Wayne where he struck out 11 batters. Through 6.1 innings of work in that game, Smit had a no-hitter going, which was broken up by Fort Wayne's Will Venable.

Smit has been one of the better pitchers on the Beloit roster all season long, and he has really flourished since being inserted in the Snappers' starting rotation. Overall, Smit is 6-1, with a 3.20 earned run average, which includes a perfect 4-0 record as a starter. Also, Smit has a 2.52 earned run average as a starter, and seems to finally be mastering the Midwest League.

Smit has struck out 109 batters in 84.2 innings of work this season, showing the same strikeout potential that he showed in the Appalachian League last season. For Elizabethton in 2005, Smit struck out an astounding 86 batters in only 45.2 innings of work.

Smit was taken by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent on July 14, 2002. He was signed by famed International Scout Howard Norsetter.

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