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    Reds P/U another Twin

    From Fays Blog:

    Dutch treat

    From the Reds:

    The Reds claimed off waivers from the Twins LHP Alexander Smit. He has yet to be assigned to a Reds minor league affiliate.

    Smit, 21, went 1-4 with 1 save and a 5.86 ERA in 18 appearances (8 starts) this season with Class A Fort Myers, including a 3.86 ERA in 10 games as a reliever (8er, 18.2ip). Last season with Class A Beloit, Smit went 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 34 appearances (13 starts). He was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for August 7-13.

    Smit, a native of the Netherlands, was ranked by Baseball America as the Twins’ 14th-best prospect in 2003. In 2001 and 2002 he was a member of the Dutch National Junior Team and was selected to play on the Dutch Olympic Team in the 2002 International Cup in Cuba.

    Wayne Krivsky said Smit will go to Dayton.
    Let me add this article from '05

    E-Town Pitcher Of The Year: Alexander Smit


    Smit posted a 1.97 ERA in 2005. By Brad Weiss (Scout.com)

    Posted Oct 16, 2005

    Alexander Smit is the 2005 Elizabethton Twins Pitcher of the Year, as he was completely lights-out this past season. He was the main man in the Twins’ bullpen, and the left-hander was basically untouchable the entire season. He is one of the main reasons why E-Town picked up the 2005 Appalachian League title.

    Alexander Smit is the 2005 Elizabethton Twins Pitcher of the Year, as he was completely lights-out this past season. He was the main man in the Twins’ bullpen, and the left-hander was basically untouchable the entire season. He is one of the main reasons why E-Town picked up the 2005 Appalachian League title.
    Smit, who struggled as a member of the Beloit Snappers to begin the year, took his mid-season demotion in stride. He was mostly a starter for the Snappers, and his numbers were not very nice to look at. He went 1-7 in his ten starts before moving to the bullpen, where he went on to post a 1.50 ERA in four appearances.

    He made his Elizabethton debut on June 21, and picked up the win in his 4.2 innings of relief. He struck out nine batters that day, and went on to strike out at least one batter in every single appearance for E-Town. His contributions to the team made him the number one option out of the pen.

    He finished the year with a 6-1 record for the Twins, saving three games, and posting a 1.97 ERA in 21 appearances. He dominated Appalachian League hitters, striking out 86 of them in his 45.2 innings of work. He walked only 12 batters, while holding batters to a .157 batting average.

    2005 was Smit’s third season of professional ball, as he was used as mostly a starter throughout his first two seasons. He came into the year with a 4-1 professional record, posting a 1.76 ERA in his 14 appearances, including 12 starts. Last season, he was ranked the ninth best prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America.

    At the end of the year, Smit was named to the league’s post-season All-Star Team, making the team as the only Twins’ player on the roster. Coming into the year, he was ranked the 20th best prospect in the organization by Baseball America, and should begin 2006 as a member of the Beloit Snappers once again.


    Last edited by Mario-Rijo; 07-12-2007 at 06:55 PM.
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