C LaRon Smith, 25th round (754th overall) - Minnesota Twins - Signed - $125,000


With their 25th round (754 overall) pick, the Minnesota Twins have selected C LaRon Smith

Hometown: Spruce Grove, Alta.

Bats/Throws: R-R 

Height/Weight: 6’ 2” 200 lbs.  

Team: Okotoks Dawgs

Committed to: Indians Hills Community College, although that could change since the president walked in and told NJCAA Hall of Fame coach Cam Walker (Winnipeg, Man.) that he was not making the JUCO World Series often enough.

Coach: Allen Cox.

The Good Genes: Kobe Hyland (Spruce  Grove, Alta.), his older brother by almost three years, is in his second year with the Iowa Western Community College Reivers.

Full name: LaRon Keondre Devonte Asa Smith (Asa means healer).  “Kobe is my warrior,” says mom Raylene said, “LaRon is my healer. He is truly my healer. They are both so unique and I am very proud of both of then for working hard for their dreams.” 

2018 season _ Dominican trip: Batted .260 (19 hits) with homer, seven RBIs .659 OPS .... Was 2-for-4 against the DSL Tigers, also pitched two scoreless ... Two hits facing the DSL Brewers ... Homered against the DSL Mariners ... Singled against the DSL Phillies ... Spring trip to Florida: RBI double off Maverik Buffo, a Brigham Young draft in the 34th round by the Blue Jays, who was at class-A Bluefield last season

2017 season At Tournament 12: Led the Prairies with a .462 average, including two doubles and three RBIs.