Rocky Mountain High’s Smith selected by the Padres with 118th pick of MLB Draft

Mason Smith, a 2013 Rocky Mountain High graduate, was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday morning.

Smith was the 118th overall pick.

“I kind of was in shock. It felt like my heart stopped for a little bit,” Smith told the Idaho Statesman on Friday. “Then when everybody started cheering and coming over and hugging me and stuff, I lost it and started bawling.”

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound outfielder is the most recent Idaho player drafted in the first 10 rounds directly out of high school since Allen Langdon of Eagle was selected in the 10th round (314th pick) by the Astros in 2005.

Smith is now one of four Idaho high school position players to have been drafted in the top four rounds in the history of the modern draft, which dates to 1965. He joins catcher Mike Lehman of Vallivue (third round in 1986, 71st overall, by the Orioles), shortstop Shon Ashley of Meridian (third round in 1985, 55th overall, by the Brewers) and outfielder Nick Marchant of Capital (fourth round in 1997, 116th overall, by Phillies).

Smith signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Utah this fall, but likely will not honor that commitment because his fourth-round draft position will bring him an estimated $433,300 signing bonus, according to Baseball America.

In three varsity baseball seasons with the Grizzlies, Smith batted .427 with 28 doubles, 16 home runs, seven triples and 109 RBIs. Smith also had an on-base percentage of .513 and a slugging percentage of .803. He was walked 43 times, hit by pitches 17 times and added 35 stolen bases.

See Friday’s Idaho Statesman for more details from Smith’s big day.

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