Player Countdown: Kevin Smith, #4

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks four days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #4, Kevin Smith.

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KEVIN SMITH | 4

Year: Junior

Position: Shortstop

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’0 / 188

Hometown: East Greenbush, NY

Previous School: Columbia High School

2016 Summer Stats (Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, CCBL): 
41 games, .301/.348/.427, 21 runs, 12 2B, 2 HR, 14 RBI
Postseason: 7 games, .370/.345/.778, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI

2016 Spring Stats: 
57 games (57 starts), .259/.308/.409, 9 2B, 8 HR, 34 RBI

About Kevin: No other player on the Terps’ roster has received more summer and preseason accolades than Kevin Smith.

The junior shortstop was named the Cape Cod Baseball League LCS MVP after leading his Y-D Red Sox team to a third straight title, batting .370 with three home runs during the playoff run. Of his 10 postseason hits, five were for extra bases (three home runs, two doubles). As a result of his stellar summer, Smith was named D1Baseball.com’s “Breakout Summer Prospect,” the No. 5 prospect in the Cape Cod League, and has consistently been in the top-20 in various 2017 college prospect breakdowns.

Smith was named a Preseason First-Team All-American by both Baseball American and Perfect Game, and was named a Preseason-Third Team All-American by D1Baseball.com. All three publications tabbed Smith as the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. In addition,Baseball America. named him as the best defensive shortstop in the Big Ten, the top 2017 prospect in the Big Ten.

Last season, Smith was one of just two players—the other Nick Dunn—to start and play in all 57 games. He tied with Madison Nickens for second on the team in home runs (8), finished second on the team with 60 hits (trailing Dunn, 68), and was second on the team with 34 RBIs, trailing only Marty Costes (37).

The junior also played in every game his freshman season, when he was named a Freshman All-American. Dating back to that year (2014-2015), Smith has started—at shortstop—for 115 consecutive games.

Smith joined MBN on the Maryland Baseball Network podcast in November, along with D1Baseball.com’s Aaron Fitt.