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Timothy James Smith

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Tim Smith has a career average over .300 after six minor league seasons at the end of 2012.

Smith was named Player of the Year by the Toronto Star News after his senior year in high school. The New York Mets chose him in the 21st round of the 2004 amateur draft but he opted for college. In two years at junior college, he excelled. He hit .468 and slugged .772 in 2005. The Milwaukee Brewers picked him in the 17th round of the 2005 amateur draft but he again opted not to sign. As a sophomore, he "fell" to .450 with a .700 slugging percentage and 23 steals. He played summer ball for the Mankato Moondogs, making the league All-Star team. Baseball America named him the #6 prospect in the Northwoods League. In junior college, Smith set school records for career average (.459), OBP (.547), slugging (.736) and steals (41).

Transferring to Arizona State University, he hit .333/.443/.446 as a junior. He helped his team make it to the 2007 College World Series.

Tim Smith was selected by the Texas Rangers in the seventh round of the 2007 amateur draft. He made his pro debut with the Spokane Indians, hitting .284/.396/.383 in 23 games.

For the 2008 Clinton Lumber Kings, Smith batted .300/.359/.450 with 21 steals in 30 tries. He was fourth in the Midwest League in batting average and third in hits (144). He played in the Midwest League All-Star Game, winning MVP honors with a 10th-inning homer, but did not make the post-season All-Star team as Ben Revere, Evan Frey and Andrew Lambo were picked in the outfield. He also was named Player of the Week at one point in August.

In 2009, Smith played for the AZL Rangers (4 for 12, 2B, HR), the Bakersfield Blaze (.333/.413/.475 in 35 G) and the Frisco RoughRiders (.309/.380/.439 in 36 G).

He played for Team Canada at the 2009 Baseball World Cup, 2011 Baseball World Cup and 2011 Pan American Games and again in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, when he was Canada's starting DH.

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