After a bit of a roller coaster ride with the Stanford University baseball team over the past three years, La Cañada High graduate Eric Smith is set to begin his climb up the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league farm system.
"I am going to sign and start my professional career," said Smith, who was drafted by the Dodgers in the 18th round at No. 566 overall June 6 in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. "It's kind of funny, my family have gone to Dodger games my entire life, it's kind of weird to be drafted by the team I've grown up with — the hometown team. I knew it was a possibility … but the draft is so unpredictable you don't know what's going to happen or where it's going to take you."
Smith hasn't officially signed with the Dodgers yet, as Stanford's season ended Sunday, but he hopes to do so this weekend or early next week. He expects to be assigned to the Ogden Raptors in Utah or Arizona League Dodgers, minor league rookie affiliates with the Dodgers.