Jackie Smith

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Jackie Wayne Smith

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Jackie Smith played in the Chicago White Sox minor league system from 1977 to 1980. He briefly reached Triple-A his first campaign.

He was originally drafted by the California Angels in the 17th round of the 1974 amateur draft, but opted not to sign. He was then taken by the New York Mets in the third round of the Secondary Phase of the January edition of the 1975 amateur draft (ahead of catcher Rick Sweet), but again, he did not sign. The hurler finally inked a contract after being taken by the White Sox as the first pick in the 18th round of the 1977 amateur draft, ahead of pitcher Dennis Rasmussen, among others.

He went 10-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 14 starts between the GCL White Sox, Appleton Foxes and Triple-A Iowa Oaks, striking out 97 batters in as many innings his first year. In 1978, he was 13-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 27 games (21 starts) between Appleton and the Knoxville Sox, K-ing 153 batters in 139 frames. The next year, he was 7-6 with a 3.40 ERA in 32 games (12 starts) between Appleton and Knoxville and in 1980, he was 3-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) between Appleton and the Glens Falls White Sox.

Overall, Smith was 33-19 (.635 winning percentage) with a 3.30 ERA in 84 games (57 starts) over his four-year career. He had 360 strikeouts in 414 innings.