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Former BU ace Smith is Double-A all-star in Texas
2009 America East Player of Year leads Oakland's affiliate Midland with 3.42 ERA
June 15, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Former Binghamton pitching ace Murphy Smith has been selected to play in the Double-A Texas League All-Star Game on June 28 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Smith is one of seven Midland RockHounds to be chosen. Midland is Oakland’s Double-A affiliate.
Texas League president Tom Kayser today announced the All-Star selections for the annual contest, which will match the North Division with the South at ONEOK Field. Balloting was conducted among the league’s managers, writers, broadcasters, and media relations staff members from the eight clubs.
Smith is tied for second on the ‘Hounds staff with four wins and leads the club’s starters with a 3.42 ERA.
“A great honor for a great young man,” BU head coach Tim Sinicki said. “This is exactly the path Murphy needs to continue on as he ascends through the A’s organization. Just another step forward toward reaching his goal of pitching in the major leagues. Everyone associated with the Binghamton University baseball program is extremely happy for and proud of Murphy.”
A 13th-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2009, Smith has made a steady rise in the A’s organization. This spring, he is 4-3 with a save in 13 appearances. He has 45 strikeouts in 68.1 innings and is holding opponents to a .268 batting average.
He was the America East Pitcher of the Year in 2009 after leading the league in wins (7), strikeouts (84) and ERA (3.12). He went 7-3 and had 84 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 89.1 innings. His strikeout total was the second-most in program history and he tied the season high for wins. Smith ranked 27th in the country in fewest walks allowed per game (1.41) and was 59th in ERA. In three collegiate seasons, Smith has 13 wins and a 3.89 career ERA in 44 appearances. He also was named ECAC Pitcher of the Year and first team ABCA All-Northeast Region.