Diamondbacks player pays off parents' mortgage with first pro contract

Here’s a great moment. Pavin Smith is a 21-year-old first baseman who played college ball at the University of Virginia. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 draft, he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and pocketed a handy $5 million signing bonus. On Christmas Day, he put that bonus to good use:


“Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours,” Smith said in a letter to his parents telling them he’d paid off their mortgage.

Smith began his pro career with the Class A Hillsboro (Or.) Hops. Regardless of where he ends up next, he’s already a huge success.

Pavin Smith in the College World Series. (Getty)

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