Outfielder was drafted in the first round as the ninth pick overall in 1991 out of Southern Cal. Has played at Triple-A Rochester for the past three seasons. Was called up to the major leagues for the first time May 11, 1994, after Jeffrey Hammonds went on the disabled list.
His father, Doug, is a cancer surgeon in Southern California. Majored in public administration with a minor in business at USC. Born in Pasadena, Calif., and lives in Arcadia, Calif. Turned 25 on May 7.
7+ Mexican. "I love any types of fajitas."
Favorite television shows
( "Friends" and "Seinfeld"
* "The Shawshank Redemption"
Favorite music group or performer
:. Working for a company that moved furniture
His high school coach, John Myers. "He got me motivated about playing baseball. Before him, I never took the game seriously."
If he weren't playing baseball, he'd be . . .
"Probably something in the business field. I have five classes left for my degree. So, I would finish that and get into the business world."
Hitting his first major-league home run, in his home state, last week
How he passes time on road trips
"Watching movies in the hotel room, and, of course, fixing air conditioners." Smith injured a fingertip while trying to fix a noisy
hotel air conditioner Monday night.
"I really don't get into that. I just usually do the same things the next day if I have a really good game. I stick to the same routine, but nothing special."
Former Orioles minor-leaguer Chuck Ricci. "He throws a lot of sliders. His balls look like there are no seams."