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(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Jordan Smith, center, listens as Les Pajari, Cleveland Indians' scout, explains details of the 15-page minor-league contract at the Smith home in Willmar on Sunday afternoon. Jordan's mother, Rachel, is at left.

Willmar grad Smith signs with Cleveland Indians

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WILLMAR -- Back in preschool little Jordan Smith's crayon drawing on brown tablet paper told what he wanted to be when he got big.

In block letters below two stick figures, he wrote -- a "policeman and a ballplayer."

Sunday, it came true, the ballplayer part.

A little over two weeks short of his 21st birthday, the 6-foot-4 third baseman/outfielder signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians organization.

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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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