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Smith signs to play in Cape Cod League

ST. CLOUD -- Willmar native and St. Cloud State University sophomore Jordan Smith has signed a letter of commitment to play baseball this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.

An All-America, All-Region and All-Conference award winner during his freshman season at St. Cloud State, Jordan is slated to play third base and outfield for the Huskies this spring before heading east to Yarmouth-Dennis.

One of the nation's top collegiate summer leagues, the Cape Cod League saw 250 of its alumni selected in the 2010 major league baseball draft. San Francisco Giants catcher and National League Rookie of the Year Buster Posey is a former player for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox along with former Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Guerrier.

"I am very excited to be playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League next summer, because it is every college kid's dream to play in the Cape," Smith said. "My time playing for the Willmar Stingers (of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2010) will never be forgotten."

"Playing in the Cape Code Baseball League is a dream come true for me."

The NSIC Freshman of the Year in 2010, Smith made a huge impact on the SCSU roster during his rookie season in 2010. A starter in all 58 games for SCSU this spring, Smith set team records with a .457 batting average (ninth in the nation), 96 hits, 15 home runs, 78 RBIs and 174 total bases.

Over the summer of 2010, Smith gained Northwoods League All-Star status at Willmar. He ranked second in the league with a .374 batting rate and 56 RBIs. He was recognized as one of the NWL's top 10 pro prospects and he also gained a Rawlings "Finest in the Field" award for his defensive work in the NWL.

"Jordan is obviously a very deserving person to get this opportunity and we are very proud of him," SCSU coach Pat Dolan said. "He will be facing the top DI pitchers from across the country, which should help him prepare for his ultimate goal of playing professional baseball."

"I've only had a few players in 20 years play in the Cape. As a Division II player, it is not an easy task to get a full summer contract to play in the Cape Cod League. Obviously, his success at both SCSU and in the NWL last summer helped him."