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Diamondbacks prospect pays off parents’ mortgage for Christmas, and I’m not crying, you’re crying

By Matt Bonesteel

December 26, 2017 at 9:47 AM

In June, the Arizona Diamondbacks took University of Virginia first baseman Pavin Smith with the seventh overall pick in the MLB amateur draft, signing him to a minor league deal that included a bonus of just more than $5 million. With that type of cash to throw around, one would expect that Smith would be doling out some pretty sweet Christmas gifts this year.

Yep.

Smith used his signing bonus to pay off the mortgage on his parents’ house in Florida, revealing this to his family on Christmas. Here they are with his letter, after everyone stopped crying.

Smith hit .318 with 27 RBI for Class A Hillsboro after he was drafted.

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Matt Bonesteel spent the first 17 years of his Washington Post career writing and editing. In 2014, Bonesteel pivoted from the newspaper to online and now he blogs for the Early Lead and other Web-based products owned by The Post.

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Early Lead

Diamondbacks prospect pays off parents’ mortgage for Christmas, and I’m not crying, you’re crying

By Matt Bonesteel

December 26, 2017 at 9:47 AM

In June, the Arizona Diamondbacks took University of Virginia first baseman Pavin Smith with the seventh overall pick in the MLB amateur draft, signing him to a minor league deal that included a bonus of just more than $5 million. With that type of cash to throw around, one would expect that Smith would be doling out some pretty sweet Christmas gifts this year.

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