Corey Smith was the 26th overall pick in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in the 2000 amateur draft out of Piscataway High School.
He has experience in the Indians, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals, and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations including four seasons at the Triple-A level.
Corey Smith has a minor league career .260 average 1,549 hits, 336 doubles, 210 home runs, and 922 RBI in 1,604 games played.
Corey Smith hit .263 with 46 hits, 11 home runs, and 30 RBI in 47 games played for Somerset last season. He spilt time in the beginning of the 2012 season in Double-A for the White Sox and in the Mexican Leagues. In Double-A, he hit .286 with 74 hits, 19 doubles, eight home runs, and 39 RBI in 65 games played. He hit .263 with 30 hits, seven doubles, nine home runs, and 30 RBI in 27 games in Mexico.
“It was great having Corey with us for a little while last year and we are excited he is joining us again this season. Corey adds a lot of power to the middle of our line up and a great addition defensively. I think a lot of people focus so much on his hitting that they forget what a strong fielder he actually is as well,” said Brett Jodie, manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
Carlton Smith is also a graduate of Piscataway High School and has experience in the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs organizations, reaching the Triple-A level in three seasons. He finished the 2012 season with a 3-4 record, a 4.03 ERA, and 41 strikeouts in 67.0 innings pitched in 46 games for Somerset.
He spent the 2011 season in Triple-A, pitching in 46 games for Iowa and Columbus.
Carlton Smith has a minor league career 39-34 record with a 4.35 ERA, and 397 strikeouts in 617 innings pitched in 252 games.
“Carlton is very versatile. He truly can start, close, or bridge the gap during the game. He’s a necessity for any good pitching staff. When he is on top of his game, he is extremely difficult to hit. On top of all that, he’s a class act that everyone enjoys having around,” said Jodie.
In his junior year at Piscataway High School, Carlton Smith led his team to the County Championship with his 8-0 record. He finished his senior year with a 6-4 record and struck out 112 batters, including ten or more in eight of his ten decisions.
The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will begin at home on Thursday, April 18th at 7:05 pm. For more information about the upcoming season, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.