June 7, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior infielder Taylor Smart was drafted in the 26th round by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, the third Tennessee product selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. Smart was taken with the 771st overall selection as a shortstop.
He joined right-handed pitcher Nick Williams, who was picked four selections prior, in the 26th round by the Miami Marlins.
Smart played two season with the Vols after transfering in from Western Nevada College. In his two seasons in Orange & White, Smart played in 102 games with 98 starts. He started mostly at third base as a senior in 2014 after playing second base, third and shortstop in 2013.
As a senior, Smart had 16 multi-hit gams on his way to a .292 batting average with a .396 on-base percentage. Smart started 52 of 53 games he played in 2014 and smacked four homers and drive in 29 runs. He had 54 hits and nine doubles. On the base paths, he had eight stolen bases in 13 attempts.
He earned the team's top defensive player award in 2014 with many dynamic plays at third base.
Prior to Tennessee, he helped Western Nevada to the JUCO World Series in 2012. He topped the team with 53 runs scored while posting a .407 on-base percentage with 34 RBI and 12 stolen bases during his sophomore campaign. He claimed 2012 second team all-region honors.
He was the 124th Tennessee player drafted, for a total of 136 times, since the draft began in 1965. He joins Will Maddox, who was selected in the 18th round in 2014 and Williams.