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Michigan State baseball picked up a new commitment when they signed up Perrysburg, Ohio outfielder Hunter Smith. Perrysburg High School had used Smith as both an outfielder and as their designated hitter because of his unique mixture of speed and power.
The senior lead the Northern Lakes League, where Perrysburg High School competes, in home runs with seven. Smith brings a power left-handed bat to the Spartans lineup and can provide them with the speed on the basepaths that they appreciate.
During his senior year at Perrysburg, Smith stole 13 bases in 15 attempts, which compliments his power numbers which are themselves impressive. The 6'4" 215 lbs outfielder drove in a team-leading 25 RBI batting left-handed, but he throws with his right hand.
The rise of Spartan baseball has much to do with the commitment of Smith, who also had offers from Miami of Ohio, University of Cincinnati, Arizona State, University of Toledo, Ohio State and Pepperdine. Schools have reason to fight over Smith, who aside from his power numbers, hit .344 in his senior season.
Smith will be donning the green and white for Jake Boss, Jr. next season, most likely in the outfield.