Category Archives: Jake Smith

Alabama well-represented in MLB draft

There were four starters, two singees and … wait for it … a football player with UA ties taken in the first two rounds of the MLB draft.

Read more about in in Wednesday’s print editions, but the football player was Justin Woodall — the defensive back who was drafted by the Mets coming out of high school who chose to play football with the Tide instead of pursuing his baseball career.

Until now, I guess.

He was taken in the 26th round by the Tampa Bays Rays.

Here is the rest of the Alabama players/signees taken so far:

Round (overall pick), name, pos., team
1. (35th) Matt Lipka SS, Atlanta Braves*
2. (65th) Jimmy Nelson RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
2. (66th) Reggie Golden OF, Chicago Cubs*
5. (157th) John Mugarian RHP, Cincinnati Reds*
10. (308th) Ross Wilson 2B, San Diego Padres
15. (471st) Jake Smith 3B,  Philadelphia Phillies
20. (613rd) Tyler White RHP, Detroit Tigers

* Signee.

Alabama lands three on baseball All-American team

Kent Matthes headlined the three Alabama ballplayers who landed on the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger All-American teams. The slugging right fielder was named to the 17-member first-team.

Teammates Austin Hyatt and Jake Smith both made the third team.

If you need Matthes‘ credentials repeated, you probably don’t read this blog very often. He is the national co-leader with 28 home runs (a school single-season record) and was named the Southeastern Conference player of the year.

Smith will not get to show why he is an All-American this week in the NCAA Regional thanks to his left-leg injury suffered at the SEC Tournament. A team spokesman said he did not travel with the team to Clemson but will be attending the games. When healthy, he was an SEC All-Defensive team member by making just five errors in 112 chances at third base.

Hyatt is the ace of the pitching staff with an 8-2 record and a 3.14 ERA in 14 starts.