MLB Draft History
*Drafted in the 14th round by the Minnesota Twins of the 2010 MLB Draft, but enrolled at Georgia Tech... One of six Georgia Tech freshmen drafted in the same class.
Coach Hall on DeAndre Smelter
"I'm really anxious to see him this spring. We let him play football this past year, Coach Johnson gave him a scholarship and he was a major contributor to their offense. We're anxious to see him healthy and see him pitch. But the thing I've been most impressed with DeAndre is that he continues to mature as a person. He's done a great job in the classroom and I fully expect him to have a great year pitching for us."
Made 16 relief appearances for the Yellow Jackets and logged 16.2 innings with 14 strikeouts... Made his season debut versus Georgia State on Feb. 19 -- his first time on the mound for Tech since in a full calendar year... Pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout in the 14-8 win at Georgia Southern on Feb. 27... Worked a pair of hitless innings during the three-game sweep of Rutgers -- he combined with Cole Pitts, Alex Cruz, Jared Jillson and Jonathan King for a 12-0 shutout on March 3 to complete the sweep... Worked a 1-2-3 inning and matched his career-high of two strikeouts to close out the Jackets' 12-5 win over Boston College on March 15... Pitched a season-high 2.1 innings of scoreless, hitless relief at Miami on May 17 and set a career-high with three strikeouts... Worked a perfect inning of relief on nine pitches versus No. 5 Virginia in the ACC Tournament on May 23.
Was limited by a shoulder injury for much of the season... Saw early-action on the mound in four games... Was used most as a pinch-runner late in the season... Was Tech's Sunday starter vs. Winthrop (2/18) -- his second career start - and worked 4.0 innings, with five hits, one earned runs, 0 walks, one strikeout and a no decision in a 5-3 Tech win... Logged a pair of relief appearances in the two wins over Ohio State... Did not pitch again after a 2/29 appearance versus Kennesaw State... Scored three times as a pinch-runner, including the tying run in the ninth inning as Tech stormed back to beat Clemson in extra innings (4/27).
A valuable two-way player for the Yellow Jackets... Started 15 games in the outfield and earned his first start on the mound versus Mississippi State in the NCAA Regional... Allowed just one earned run in 17.1 innings of work on the mound for a team-best 0.52 ERA among regular relievers... Pitched scoreless ball in his 13 relief outings... Fired 1.1 innings with two strikeouts and figured as the winning pitcher in the Jackets' 8-1 victory over Kent State on Feb. 19... Earned his second win in dramatic fashion, holding No. 9 North Carolina to just one hit in two innings of relief and making an incredible leaping grab and throw on a high chopper back to the mound with two outs in the ninth to strand two Tar Heel runners... At the plate, Smelter hit .222 (10-for-45) with a double, seven RBI and 11 runs... Swiped two bases... Walked 10 times and was hit by four pitches with just 15 strikeouts for a .400 on-base percentage... Went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs in a 7-4 win at Georgia Southern on Feb. 23... Had three hits and two RBI as Georgia Tech swept Rutgers with a 14-3 rout on March 6.
Three-sport standout at Tattnall Square Academy in football, basketball and baseball... Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain in baseball under head coach Joey Hiller... Named a Louisville Slugger All-American in 2010 and Aflac All-American in 2009 ... Led Tattnall Square to the State Title in 2008 and 2009 ... Earned all-region and all-state honors in three-straight years (2008, 2009, 2010)... Named Macon Telegraph Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010... Threw two no-hitters in his career, one as a junior and one as a senior... Posted a 9-2 record with a 0.92 ERA on the mound while hitting 10 home runs at the plate during senior season in 2010... Spent summer as a member of prestigious East Cobb Yankees program under head coach James Beavers... In basketball, he was named the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010, while earning all-state honors from 2007-2010... Played four different positions in football (QB, RB, WR, S)... Was named all-state in 2007 and 2008, as well as the GISA player of the year in 2008 and 2009 ... holds Tattnall Square single-season record for interceptions, and career records for interceptions and receiving yards.
Full name is DeAndre Tremaine Smelter... Born Dec. 3, 1991 in Macon, GA... Son of Vincent and Cora Smelter... Has three brothers, Charles, Chris and Corey... Father Vincent played basketball for Eastern Illinois... Majoring in management.