Kevin Smith had big shoes to fill last year, coming in as a freshman, and taking the place of Blake Schmit who was selected in the 26th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins. The transition between the flashy Schmit and the smooth fielding Smith was seamless. At the dish, Smith batted .273, with 7 home runs, and 35 RBI. He was named a 2015 first team Perfect Game Freshman All-American, and was tied for the team lead with 11 stolen bases.
Expect more of the same from Smith this year: solid defense in the middle of the infield, and a consistent stick near the top of the Terps lineup.
Players on the team were kind enough to fill out a questionnaire, so here’s what Kevin had to say about baseball and beyond…
Favorite baseball memory: Winning the New York 9&10 year old Little League State Championship
Why he chose Maryland: I chose Maryland mostly because of the coaching staff and the culture they wanted to implement into the program. My first reaction on campus was how much warmer it was than upstate New York, and how much it felt like home.
Favorite Maryland baseball memory: Beating UCLA to win Regionals in 2015
Goals for the season: I want to help the team win more games than last year. I think if everyone tries to improve one or two things going into the season, it will all come together and create more dog piles in a few months.
Favorite teammate: John Michael Szefc takes the cake
Pump up playlist: Drake, Mike Stud, G-Eazy, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and others
Hobbies: Golf, might be my best sport
Favorite place to eat around campus: Marathon Deli – Best chicken parm sandwich on this side of the Mississippi
Guilty pleasure TV show: Keeping up with the Kardashians
Dream job besides playing baseball: Anesthesiologist