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Oregon State shortstop Smith picked in eighth round

Oregon State shortstop Smith picked in eighth round

Oregon State shortstop Smith picked in eighth round

With the 237th overall pick, the Mariners selected Tyler Smith, a right-handed shortstop out of Oregon State University. The eighth-round selection is potentially the Mariners' third shortstop taken in the first 10 rounds, depending on what the organization decides to do with catcher/shortstop Tyler O'Neill.

"He's a dependable shortstop that can run," Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara said.

Smith is hitting .301 for the Beavers with two triples, seven doubles and a pair of home runs in 49 games. He is also 9-for-11 in stolen-base attempts. This is the first time being drafted for the business major from Thousand Oaks, Calif.

"If he can't make it as an everyday shortstop, you've got a guy that can play second, third," McNamara said. "And he runs, he swings the bat OK, so we're happy.

Smith was a catalyst for the Beavers, who were 7-5 when he missed 12 games midseason due to injury. OSU was 38-5 with Smith in the lineup.

Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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