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MLB Draft 2012: Solon's Matthew Smoral Drafted No. 50, Headed To Toronto

Solon High School pitcher Matthew Smoral was selected Monday in the compensation round of the MLB Draft.

The 6-8, 220-pound lefty was drafted No. 50 overall by the Toronto Blue Jays. The compensation round, or supplemental first round, spans picks No. 32 through No. 60.

Smoral missed last season with a stress fracture in his foot, but his upside enticed Toronto enough to use a top-50 pick.

The Plain Dealer caught up with Smoral after his name was called:

"I wasn't really sure what to expect as it went on," [Smoral] said. "They actually caught me off guard. I'm just blessed to be in this situation."

The decision to sign with Toronto or opt for college is uncertain.

"Right now I don't really know," Smoral said. "We're going to talk about it. It's two situations that anybody who plays baseball would love to have."

Smoral has a scholarship offer from North Carolina.

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