NORFOLK – A former Northeast Community College baseball standout is making the jump to the professional level.
According to a release from NECC, Drew Smith of Elkhorn signed with the Milwaukee Brewers as an undrafted free agent on June 14. Smith was named the 2019 NJCAA DII Baseball Player of the Year and previously spent the past season at Grand Canyon University, an NCAA DI school in Phoenix, Ariz.
Smith hit .315 with two home runs and tallied 14 RBI after the season was shortened due to COVID-19. In GCU’s first three-game opening series against No. 16 Oklahoma State University, Smith recorded seven hits and 11 RBI, including a six-RBI performance.
After a stellar two-year career at Northeast, Smith led the Hawks to their first-ever trip to the NJCAA DII Baseball World Series in just the second year of the program. He hit .465 with a .538 on-base percentage and an .897 slugging percentage as a sophomore. Smith had 18 home runs and 69 RBI, while striking out just 12 times.
He was also named a First Team All-American, ICCAC DII Player of the Year, ICCAC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Region XI and earned All-Tournament team honors at the World Series in Enid, Okla.
In 2019, Smith ranked highly on national leaderboards in batting average (fifth), hits (third), home runs (t-fourth), RBI (t-fourth) and slugging percentage (fourth).
The MLB Draft which normally lasts 40 rounds, was shortened to five rounds due to COVID-19. Smith was projected as a top-10 round draft pick by various media outlets.