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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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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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