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Furman LHP Nate Smith Drafted By Los Angeles Angels In 8th Round

Nate Smith
Nate Smith

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman pitcher Nate Smith has been selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, it was announced today.

Smith was the 21st pick in the eighth round and 247th overall selection. He is the highest round Furman draft selection since catcher Don Leege went in the eighth round to the San Diego Padres in 1972.

In overall terms he is the highest Paladin draft pick since shortstop Ron Smith, Furman's current head coach, was selected 230th overall (9th Round) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1977.

In 17 starts on the mound this year the 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior left-hander posted a 7-4 record with a 3.59 earned run average in helping the Paladins to a 32-25 overall record and sixth place finish in the Southern Conference. In 100 1/3 innings of work, he allowed 104 hits, 50 runs, including 40 earned. He recorded 98 strikeouts and surrendered 34 walks. Opponents hit .269 against him.

The West Chester, Ohio, product was named SoCon Player of the Week on March 11 after working 7 2/3 innings to get the victory in a 3-1 win over defending SoCon champion Appalachian State.  He also recorded wins over Davidson (7-1), Presbyterian (8-3), SoCon regular season champion Western Carolina (9-2), UNCG (13-7), Dayton (19-3), and a SoCon Tournament first round decision over Elon (10-1), the eventual champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier.

Smith, who notched a 15-15 career record at Furman, ranks among program season leaders in starts (17/2nd), innings pitched (100.1/7th), strikeouts (98/3rd), and strikeouts per nine innings (8.59/9th), and appears in a number of career Top 10 categories, including starts (43/T5th), innings pitched (265.1/9th) and strikeouts (216/7th).

He is the third SoCon player chosen in the 2013 MLB Draft behind Cincinnati Reds' first round selection Philip Ervin (OF) of Samford and Texas Rangers' fifth round pick Joe Jackson (C) of The Citadel.