D-backs' Smith gives big Christmas surprise

Seventh overall pick of this year's Draft pays off parents' mortgage

Pavin Smith, a University of Virginia product, walked 27 times and struck out only 24 times in his first professional season. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com | December 26, 2017 12:50 AM

Pavin Smith followed a memorable first pro season with a Christmas his parents will never forget.

The D-backs' top prospect gave his mother Pamela and father Tim a letter informing them that he's paying off the mortgage on the family's house.

"Thank you for raising me in a great home filled with love," Pamela read in a video Smith tweeted. "Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours."

The seventh overall pick from this year's Draft can be seen smiling in the video after his parents, overcome with gratitude, stop reading the letter.

Smith, MLB.com's No. 63 overall prospect, signed with a bonus worth "just over $5 million," according to MLB Pipeline. The 21-year-old first baseman batted .318/.401/.415 over his first 51 professional games, helping the Class A Short Season Hillsboro Hops reach the Northwest League playoffs.

He was also a Northwest League All-Star, and Toolshed recently listed him as a prospect with the potential to develop in the mold of Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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