PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 3, 2013) – Former Rutgers baseball standout Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) has signed a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox organization and will immediately report to the Gulf Coast affiliate managed by former RU player and coach Darren Fenster. The left-handed pitcher was inked by Boston’s northeast regional scouting supervisor Ray Fagnant.
Smorol becomes the 66th Scarlet Knight to sign a contract with a major league franchise during the tenure of head coach Fred Hill and 21st pitcher. He is the 82nd Rutgers player to join a professional team in program history on record dating back to 1882.
“I was very ecstatic when I got the call,” Smorol said. “The Red Sox are a storied organization and to sign with them is a dream come true. I’ve been on cloud nine and I look forward to taking advantage of this opportunity.”
Smorol joins catcher Jayson Hernandez in the Red Sox system, with Ryan Fasano (Milwaukee Brewers), Patrick Kivlehan (Seattle Mariners) and Michael Lang (Arizona Diamondbacks) also in the minor leagues. Todd Frazier (Cincinnati Reds) and David DeJesus (Chicago Cubs) represent the Scarlet Knights in the big leagues.
One of the most accomplished left-handed pitchers in school history, Smorol defeated every team in the BIG EAST (plus West Virginia) during his career. He finished second in the record books in innings (313.0) and starts (44), tied for third in wins (22), third in strikeouts (206) and single season starts (15 in both 2012 and 2013) and eighth in games (72). A durable starter, he holds the RU record for most consecutive weekend starts (44) after not missing an assignment in three years as a rotation hurler.
Smorol led the Scarlet Knights with a 3.63 ERA and .262 opponent’s batting average as a senior in 2013. He surrendered three earned runs or less in nine starts as the Friday ace.
Under the direction of Fenster, the GCL Red Sox began playing June 21 at the rookie league level and go until the end of August. Fenster was an assistant coach at Rutgers during Smorol’s first two collegiate seasons.