Pavin Smith is headed to the desert.
The former Palm Beach Gardens star, who spent the last three years of his career playing college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers, was selected seventh overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks on the first night of the MLB Draft on Monday.
“It feels amazing,” Smith said. “I’ve worked my whole life for this, and it’s just a dream come true. I’m blessed for the opportunity to go out and play baseball.”
Smith, whose Cavaliers were eliminated in regional play of the NCAA tournament, celebrated his selection with family and friends at his Jupiter home. Smith received a call notifying him the Diamondbacks would pick him shortly before his selection, then the crowd of more than 40 people erupted in cheers when his selection was announced on MLB Network.
“It’s a surreal moment,” Smith said. “It’s something you dream about as a kid, and it’s not real until it happens. It was awesome.”