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Smith Glad to Be Home


Marquez Smith is feeling right at home at Class High-A Daytona. A Chicago Cubs eighth-round draft pick in 2007, Smith grew up only an hour and a half away from Daytona Beach in Ocala, Fla., and attended junior college just around the corner from Jackie Robinson Ballpark before going on to Clemson to finish up his college career.

"I used to play ball in this park as a kid," recalls Smith. "You can imagine a 13-year-old playing on a minor league field. It was always my dream to play in this park." Smith was drafted four times total: twice by the Cubs, in the 35th round of 2006 and in the eighth round a year ago; the Los... Recommended Stories

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