Pavin Smith and his family will never forget Christmas 2017.
The Arizona Diamondbacks prospect earned a signing bonus worth more than $5 million back in June after being taken seventh overall in the amateur draft. As a gift and the ultimate thank you to his parents, the University of Virginia star first baseman used a portion of the money to pay off their mortgage. Smith revealed his gift by having his mother read a letter he wrote. He filmed his parents’ reaction and posted the video to social media where it quickly went viral.
Smith joined the Class-A Hillsboro Hops in the Northwest League after being drafted by the Diamondbacks.
The 21-year-old had 27 RBI and slashed .318/.401/.415/.816 in 51 appearances with the Hops this year.