ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen senior Sincere Smith was drafted by the New York Yankees on Wednesday in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
“We’re excited for him,” said East Bladen coach Robby Priest. “He’s put in a lot of hard work.
“We thought he’d be drafted and didn’t care where,” he added.
No specifics on an offer from the Yankees have been revealed, but it is assumed Smith will be asked to report to the Yankees facility in Tampa, Fla., and play in the Gulf Coast League.
Smith primarily played shortstop and helped the Eagles to an 11-10 overall mark, 10-8 record in the Three Rivers Conference this season. He was also a football and basketball star with East Bladen.
Smith is the second recent baseball player drafted by a Major League team. Saquan Johnson was drafted in the 28th round by the Texas Rangers. He played four years of professional baseball in Arizona and Washington state before retiring.
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