GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Former Oregon State infielder Tyler Smith has been named the Appalachian League’s Player of the Year for the 2013 season, it was announced Friday.
Smith, a member of the Pulaski Mariners in the Single-A league, is in his first professional season after being drafted in the eighth round by Seattle in June.
Smith, a native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., leads the Appalachian League with a .331 batting average and is sixth with 14 doubles. He also has two home runs and 30 runs batted in this season, which has seven games remaining in the regular season.
He came to Oregon State prior to the 2010 season and ended with the third-most at bats in school history with 696. His 203 hits are sixth most and he finished his career with a .292 batting average, five home runs and 98 RBI. Smith batted .308 as a senior a year after hitting a career-best .343 in 2012.
Thirty-five former Oregon State players have played for an affiliated organization in 2013.
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