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Arizona's seventh pick in last year's Major League Baseball amateur draft pays parents mortgage in appreciation.

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Hillsboro Hops first baseman Pavin Smith sits in the dugout between innings during a Hops game last August. Smith surprised his parents Christmas morning buying paying their mortgage on their home.Tis the season of giving, and Arizona Diamondbacks prospect and former Hillsboro Hops first baseman Pavin Smith wanted to show his appreciation to his parents this Christmas.

While many young professional athletes have been known to purchase cars for their loved ones, send them on exotic vacations and/or buy them expensive gifts, the 21-year-old soon-to-be second year professional from the University of Virginia had something more specific in mind – their home.

The seventh pick in last year's Major League Baseball amateur draft used a portion of his $5-million signing bonus from the Diamondbacks to pay-off his parents mortgage. In a video that's since gone viral on social media, Smith showed his mother, Pamela, reading a letter he penned Christmas morning, communicating his appreciation for all they'd done for him, in addition to what he was now doing for them.

As a "thank you for raising (him) in a great home filled with love. Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours," Smith wrote in the letter.

He shared the emotional moment via Twitter.



Smith hit .318 in his first professional season last summer for the Hops, and was selected to play in the Northwest vs Pioneer League All-Star Game.

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