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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Woody Smith gave minors advice to cousin, neither made bigs

Woody Smity 1990 Peoria Chiefs card
Newly minted minor leaguer Chris Morris spoke in 2001 about the person he turned to for advice - his cousin and former pro player Woody Smith, according to the site Top Prospect Alert.

"He told me how the first professional season was going to be. He told me to take your good days with your bad. I've idolized him ever since I was 10 years old," Morris told the site.

Morris went on to play a total of six seasons in the pros, but despite the advice Smith gave him, he never reached AA.

Smith made the pros a decade earlier, but didn't make it as far. Smith played three seasons. He topped out at single-A.

Smith's career began in 1988, taken by the Cubs in the 20th round of the draft out of Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina.

At Spartanburg Methodist, Smith hit 22 home runs, a school record. He also knocked in 75, hit .426 and earned first team junior college All-America honors, according to The Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Smith's home runs at Spartanburg Methodist appeared to help lead The Chicago Tribune to include Smith on a list of players at rookie Wytheville that the organization expected some power from.

Smith knocked in two runs in an August win for Wytheville. Overall, he hit .267, with seven home runs and 29 RBI.

He moved to single-A Peoria for 1989 and played the end of the year at single-A Charleston. In 107 games between them, he hit .221, with another seven home runs and 40 RBI.

Smith returned to Peoria for 1990. He got into 89 games (and apparently served up at least one plate of nachos, at least in his card photo).  He hit .230, with four home runs, one of those in a July game, part of three-consecutive Peoria batters to do so. That season in 1990 turned out to be his final as a pro.
Woody Smity 1990 Peoria Chiefs card
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,235
Made the Majors:1,165-36.0%
Never Made Majors:2,070-64.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 483
10+ Seasons in the Minors:284

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