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Jordan Smith

The Revamped RubberDucks Are Deeper Than Ever Before

April 1, 2014 |

There’s a lot of change coming to Akron, Ohio this spring. After Ken Babby purchased the club at the end of the 2012 season, he’s been making all kinds of changes to the club. Last year a new scoreboard was purchased to replace the much outdated previous one. This upcoming season, even more changes have been brought to the club. Over the last two seasons, there have been some debate on if the name should change from the Akron Aeros to a name that better represented the city of Akron. As of this spring, the formally known Akron Aeros will now be called the Akron RubberDucks. The name originates from the rich history of the rubber factories that started in Akron which inevitably led to the creation of tire factories such as Goodrich, Goodyear, and Firestone.

Along with all the new renovations that have happened to Canal Park, there have also been changes within the team as well. On the managerial side, Dave Wallace has been promoted as the new manager of the team. Previously, Wallace had spent some time as the manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2011 the Lake County Captains in 2012 and the Carolina Mudcats in 2013. Each of the years that top prospect Francisco Lindor was a part of the Indians minor league system, Wallace has been his manager. It has been huge for some of the guys who are on the current Akron RubberDucks roster that Wallace is in Akron this year. They credit him for their development due to his laid back and friendly attitude, while also knowing when they need to be serious.

“We’re comfortable with him, we know how he manages. We know how he goes about his business, and we know his expectations,” says catcher Tony Wolters.

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Smith’s Second Half Surge Helps Captains Reach Midwest League Playoffs

September 4, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Most minor league players find their first full season as a professional to be a grind, but for Lake County Captains outfielder Jordan Smith it hasn’t seemed that way at all.

“It’s a lot longer season,” Smith said. “I’d say going from college to short season was a grind. I would say this year has gone quicker, it’s more steady and you’re with the same guys for the most part of the season.”

It’s a good thing because his season just got a bit longer for Smith and his Captains teammates. Lake County clinched a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League playoffs and will face off with the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Wednesday evening at Classic Park in Eastlake. The first game of the best-of-three series will be in Eastlake before the Captains travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the final two games of the series.

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Jordan Smith Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

July 20, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Then Indians named Jordan Smith of the Lake County Captains (A) as this week’s Indians Minor League Player of the Week. Smith has hit safely in eight of his last nine games with a .459 AVG, (17-37), two home runs, and 10 RBI’s. He has a hit in 15 of his last 17 games with a .492 AVG., (29-59), three doubles, two home runs, and 15 RBI’s.

Smith was drafted by the Indians in the ninth round of the 2011 amateur draft out of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. The outfielder just celebrated his 22nd birthday on July 5.

Smith began his career in Mahoning Valley last season, where he appeared in 65 games. During his time with the Scrappers, he batted .300, recorded 73 hits, accounted for 36 runs, and produced 47 RBI’s. He had 20 doubles, one triple, and stole three of four bases successfully. Smith was hit by pitchers nine times and intentionally walked once. Smith finished tied for second in the New York-Penn League in RBIs, third in on-base percentage (.403) and tied for fifth in doubles.

This season, Smith is in Lake County where he is batting .322, 95 hits, accounting for 41 runs, and 44 RBI’s in 73 games. He has hit 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and stolen five out of eight bases successfully. He has been hit by pitchers three times, and intentionally walked three times.

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