Troy players drafted: Smartt, Hill selected in draft

Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 11, 2015

Chase Smartt from Charles Henderson High school and Logan Hill from Troy University were both selected in the Major League Draft on Wednesday.

The Atlanta Braves drafted Smartt in the 35th round. Hill was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 25th round.

Smartt, a five-year starter at CHHS and Troy University signee, dreamed of playing in the major leagues.

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“This means a lot to me because this was my dream when I was young and I first understood the game of baseball,” Smartt said. “It’s the best feeling to be drafted for both a kid and as an adult, no matter what round.”

Smartt, a catcher, has committed to Troy University and play baseball for his dad, who was just named head coach earlier this month.

“When I was growing up I had two dreams. The first one was having the opportunity to play for my dad, and the second one was getting drafted,” Smartt said. “Well now two of my dreams have come true.”

Coaches like Derek Irons at CHHS made an impact on Smartt, pushing him everyday to get better as a player and as a person. “He pushed me every day to get strong and gain more confidence in what I am doing on and off the field.”

Smartt also credited his strength and conditioning coach for preparing to get strong as an eighth-grader and beyond.

Smartt made the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State team in each of the past three seasons.

In 2015, Smartt finished with a batting average of .523 with 7 home runs while driving in 50 runs.

Smartt was mentioned on the 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American Southeast-All Region second team list and player of the year, hitter of the year.

In his five seasons Smartt finished with a career batting average of .478, which was 8th all time in Alabama High school Athletic Association history, he hit a combined 16 homeruns, and drove in 196 RBIs which was good for ninth all time for the Trojans.

Smartt finished his career with 187 singles, 74 doubles, and 13 triples. Smart finished second all time in career hits, and third in doubles.

Hill was also selected by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 25th round.

Hill makes the 18th player selected in the draft since 2003.

Hill finished the 2015 season ranked in the top 10 in the Sun Belt conference in batting average finishing the season hitting .354.

Hill also finished in the top ten in hits (73), RBI’s (42), stolen bases (13), total bases (113), slugging percentage (.549), and on base percentage with .440.

Hill had a streak during the season when he reached base successfully in 21 straight games for the Trojans. Hill racked up a total of 20 multi hit games in 2015.

Hill was also rewarded in 2015, by being named to the second team All-Sun Belt.