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UA's Smith taken by Marlins in MLB Draft's 33rd round

Austen Smith (Source: UA Athletics) Austen Smith (Source: UA Athletics)

Alabama senior first baseman Austen Smith was selected in the 33rd round of the 2014 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft by the Miami Marlins.

The Pensacola, Fla., native finished his senior season at Alabama with a team-high .316 batting average, while tying for the team lead with 39 RBI. Smith, who was a Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List honoree, posted a team-high .487 slugging percentage, that included six home runs and 14 doubles (second on the team). He also led the 2014 Tide with a .426 on base percentage with a team-high 29 walks and he was hit by a pitch 13 times.

Smith was a four-year starter for the Crimson Tide, playing in a total of 226 games with 215 as a starter. The 226 games played rank tied for seventh in program history, while the 215 starts are tied for the sixth most in program history. A career .285 hitter, Smith collected a 211 total hits, with 47 doubles, five triples, 21 home runs and 146 RBI while at the Capstone. The 47 career doubles are tied for 10th all-time at Alabama.

Smith also finished his career with the Tide with 1,693 putouts to pass Jeremy Brown for the most putouts in school history. Smith also finished second all-time in program history with 1,783 chances defensively. 


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