Dwight Smith, Jr.

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Dwight Smith, Jr. is the son of Dwight Smith. The Toronto Blue Jays took him with the 53rd pick of the 2011 amateur draft; the supplemental first-round pick was compensation for the loss of Kevin Gregg to free agency. He was Toronto's fourth pick, following Tyler Beede, Jacob Anderson and Joe Musgrove. Smith's primary skill was expected to be his contact hitting. He signed with the Jays on August 14th, giving up on a commitment to attend Georgia Tech in order to begin his professional career. In his minor league debut, on June 23, 2012, he went 0 for 3 as the DH and #6 batter for the Bluefield Blue Jays in a 5-4 win over the Johnson City Cardinals.

Smith first reached the majors with the Blue Jays in May of 2017, but only got brief looks with the team that season and in 2018, playing 12 and 35 games respectively, and hitting .370 and .262. The Jays considered they were loaded with outfielders heading into 2019 and decided to trade away Smith at the start of spring training, sending him to the Baltimore Orioles in return for international bonus slot money. It turned out to be the break Dwight needed, as he won the Orioles' starting left field job and was one of the few bright spots for the Orioles as they struggled in the early going as had been widely expected. On June 4th, he had a great game in a wild 12-11 win over the Texas Rangers, with a three-run homer and a three-run double, accounting for a career-high 6 RBIs.

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