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7th overall MLB draft pick Pavin Smith inspires his former 12U Jupiter little league team

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Baseball fans are ready to get fired up, with spring training starting this week in West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie. But former Palm Beach Gardens high school star Pavin Smith, and 7th overall pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks this past MLB draft, had one more stop before heading to his camp in Arizona.

The future major league star gave some 12 year old budding baseball stars from Jupiter a thrill on Sunday, signing autographs for the young players from the Jupiter Hammerheads.

The young Hammerheads are working towards a trip to the Dreamspark Tournament in Cooperstown, New York, which is the largest 12 and under event in the U.S. It's a memory the former Virginia slugger still holds close to his heart.

"You get to do the trip to the Hall of Fame," says Smith. "And you really get to see all the best baseball players. You go back and think of playing as a 12 year old, it's some of the most fun baseball of your life."

"He's bigger than us, and he's stronger than us," says Tanner Barfield, a young Hammerhead player. "(But) he was the same as us."

"He grew up here," adds young Nick. "And he made it to the major leagues, so anybody can accomplish anything."

"This is the time where you kind of fall in love with the game," says Smith. "And you decide whether you want to keep playing or not, so I definitely think these coaches do a great job with the kids."

And playing in the shadow of baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown may just inspire these budding stars even further.

The Hammerheads have a Go Fund Me page set up at https://www.gofundme.com/jup-hammerheads-cooperstown-2018

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