Smit Back On Track In The Valley
After spending the better part of the last three seasons at the Indians spring training complex for nine-plus months a year, Smit was put on the opening day roster for short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley when their season started about three weeks ago.
Such is the life for an international player who signs at 16-years of age.
Since signing in July of 2006, Smit had spent the 2006, 2007 and 2008 season's playing at the Indians former spring training site in Winter Haven, FL for their then rookie level Gulf Coast League team. In between there he also spent all of extended spring training in 2007 and 2008 and all of Instructional League in 2006, 2007 and 2008 at the Winter Haven complex. If anyone ever needed a tour guide of the ins and outs of Winter Haven the old Chain O