Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Smith drafted by Tigers in 33rd round of MLB draft

Perkins’ Brennan Smith, who pitched the last three years at Bowling Green, was selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Smith was selected with the 1,003rd overall selection in the 33rd round by the Detroit Tigers.

"It has always been a dream (to play in the Major League) and something I have wanted to work towards," Smith said. "I wanted it to come true and now that is has happened it is a huge relief."

Smith finished this past season as the Falcons’ No. 1 starter with a 6-4 overall record and an 8.61 earned-run average in 16 starts. He led the team in total strikeouts with 70 on the season in 77 1/3 innings pitched. In Mid-American Conference play, Smith went 4-2 in nine starts with a 7.41 ERA.

"We’re really excited for Brennan to be chosen by the Detroit Tigers," Bowling Green head coach Danny Schmitz said through a press release. "It is well deserved and he has earned the right to get the chance to compete professionally."

Smith ended his junior season by winning two of his last three starts against Buffalo and in the first round of the MAC Tournament against Ball State. He allowed four runs and walked three in each contest but struck out a combined 11 batters and allowed just 10 base hits in 13 2/3 total innings. He tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts against Miami where he went 7 1/3 innings in a 14-8 win.

In 2009, Smith was named MAC Pitcher of the Year after finishing the season 8-4 overall with a 4.41 ERA. He struck out a MAC-best 80 batters while walking just 31. He registered six of his eight wins in conference play. He also led the league in starts (15), wins (8) and opposing batting average (.240).

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