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Published On: January 9th, 2007

(8/29/06) The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League, is proud to announce outfielder Tim Smith from Arizona State University, has been named one of the Northwoods League Top 10 Prospects by Baseball America.

Adding to his growing list of accolades from the summer when he was named to both the mid-summer classic as a member of the North Division All Stars, as well as being named to the Post Season All Star team, Smith was named to the Top 10 Prospect list on Tuesday.

Ranking 6th overall on the list of prospects, Smith led the MoonDogs and the NWL in hits with 75. He was one of five players in the league with a batting average of .300 or better. He ranked third in at-bats with 250 on the year and was tied for the league lead in games played with 67. He also led the ’Dogs with 33 runs scored, 19 stolen bases, a .380 slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage.

Each year after the summer collegiate baseball season ends, Baseball America along with league officials, coaches and various scouts rank the top talent among the 18 different summer college leagues in the U.S. This marks the second consecutive year a member of the MoonDogs has been named to this prospect list. Last season, Shane Buschini from the University of San Diego, was ranked 6th.

Listed below are the Top 10 NWL prospects, as determined by Baseball America.

1. Jordan Zimmerman, Eau Claire Express, RHP (Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
2. Charlie Shirek, Duluth Huskies, RHP (Nebraska)
3. Brett Hunter, Alexandria Beetles, RHP (Pepperdine)
4. Steven Hensley, Duluth Huskies, RHP (Elon)
5. Chad Dawson, St. Cloud River Bats, RHP (Indiana State)
6. Tim Smith, Mankato MoonDogs, OF (Arizona State)
7. Tim Murphy, Duluth Huskies, OF/LHP (UCLA)
8. Jeff Richard, Waterloo Bucks, RHP (Central Michigan)
9. Chris Jones, Rochester Honkers, OF (Cal State Fullerton)
10. Byron Wiley, Duluth Huskies, OF (Kansas State)

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