Another graduate from a local high school has taken a significant step toward a Major League Baseball mound.
Alabama right-handed pitcher Dylan Smith, who graduated from Stafford High School in 2018, was taken in the third round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on July 12. Smith was taken 75th overall by the Detroit Tigers after a breakout season in which he had a 3.84 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 16 starts for the Crimson Tide, striking out 113 hitters against just 20 walks in 98.1 innings.
This is the second time Smith has been drafted. He was initially drafted in the 18th round of the 2018 draft out of Stafford before opting to play at Alabama.
Smith declined to comment for this story, explaining his agents told him not to talk to the media before finalizing his contract.
Smith was one of two former local players selected in the third round, along with Sugar Land native and George Ranch High School graduate Kevin Kopps, who was taken 99th overall by the San Diego Padres.