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Smith moving up soon? Rookie's stats impress Indians' coaches

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A blog last Friday titled Indian Prospects Insider following talent in the Cleveland Indians minor league farm system says of Willmar native Jordan Smith, 21, who signed June 20: "Short season Single-A Mahoning Valley third baseman/outfielder Jordan Smith is having one heck of a pro debut. So far the 6'4 205-pounder is hitting .341 with 0 HR, 30 RBI, and a .885 OPS in 35 games.

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"Indians coaches have raved about his approach and consistency as he just puts together quality at bats night in and night out. While he has not yet hit a home run, they should come as he has been a doubles machine with 15 of his 47 hits going for doubles.

"As he adjusts to wood, matures, and refines his swing the home runs should come.

"He has split time at third base and outfield in Mahoning Valley, but the Indians focus for him in the future is expected to be at third base. He reportedly has been promoted to Lake County, though this is unconfirmed."

Smith had two doubles and three RBI on Friday, but did not play Saturday or Sunday. He returned the Scrappers' lineup on Monday and raised his average to .352 after going 3-for-4 batting fourth and playing third base.

Lake County plays in the Midwest League, a higher-level Class A.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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