Mallex Smith is a professional Major League Baseball (MLB) player currently serving as an outfielder for the Seattle Mariners. Before this, the 27-year-old played for teams like Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays.
Likewise, Mallex was drafted in the fifth round by the San Diego Padres in the 2013 MLB Draft. In 2017, he earned the name “Mallex Effect” for his ability to turn the situation favorable for his team.
Since we know he is better in the field, people have been curious about his personal life. Is Mallex dating anyone? Is he single? These are the queries that have been circulating inside his fandom. Here, we have answers to all that.
Mallex Smith: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Mallex Lydell Smith|
|Birth Date||May 6, 1993|
|Birth Place||Tallahassee, Florida, US|
|Known as||Mallex Smith|
|Education||Santa Fe College|
|Father’s Name||Michael Smith|
|Mother’s Name||Loretta Smith|
|Age||29 years old|
|Height||5 feet 10 inches(178 cm)|
|Weight||81 kgs(178 lbs)|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Merch of Seattle Mariners||Jersey, Cap, Hitch Cover|
|Last Update||May, 2022|
Who is Mallex Smith?- Family and Childhood
Mallex Smith, the MLB professional player, was born in Tallahassee, Florida, the United States of America. He is the son of Michael Smith and Loretta Smith. Aside from his parents, Mallex grew up with his three other siblings.
Likewise, Smith has not revealed much information on his siblings, and the same goes for his parents as well. As for his ethnicity, sources claim Smith is of a mixed background while his nationality is American.
Early Life and Education
A native of Florida, Mallex was an athlete from his young age. He went to James S. Rickards High School, where the young Smith played American football and baseball.
After his graduation, the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th round of the 11 Major League Baseball Draft. However, he did not sign with the Brewers but instead enrolled at Santa Fe College.
Smith hit for a .380 batting average during his collegiate baseball season, 17 extra-base hits, 17 runs batted in, and 31 stolen bases.
Professional Career- San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves
After his somewhat water-downed college baseball at Santa Fe, Smith was drafted by San Diego Padres in the 5th round of the 2012 Draft. He signed a $375,000 worth dealing with them and made his professional debut with the Arizona League Padres.
Likewise, that year, Smith also played for the Eugene Emeralds hitting .305 with two home runs and 17 stolen bases.
He then opened the 2013 season with the Fort Wayne TinCaps and played a total of 110 games. During the 2014 baseball season, he was promoted to the Lake Elsinore Storm.
On December 19, the Padres traded Mallex and other members to Atlanta Braves for Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft. Despite not having any Double-A experience, Smith was invited to the Braves spring training.
Following that, Mallex started his 2015 season with the Mississippi Braves, playing in 57 games, hit a batting average of .340 and .418 on-base percentage. But later, he was promoted to the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League in June.
By the end of the season, Mallex was at Class AAA and was even named the Player of the Year of Brave’s Minor League in all levels and further added to the 40-man roster.
Hence, Mallex started 2016 with the Gwinnett, and on April 11, he was promoted to the major leagues. That day was also his debut against the Washington Nationals in center field.
Moreover, in May, Smith hit his first career home run off of New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.
But his thumb fracture on June 20 had him placed on the disables list for eight to ten weeks of the season. Sadly, he left Indios de Mayaguez’s team in December after straining his oblique while playing in Puerto Rico.
Mallex Smith’s time in Tampa Bay Rays- “Mallex Effect.”
Mallex started the 2017 season with a trade, where he and Shae Simmons were exchanged for minor-league pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows of Seattle Mariners. Not to mention, the Mariners were quick to trade Smith, Ryan, and Carlos to the Tampa Bay Rays for Drew Smyly.
Since Smith’s preferred number 13 was unavailable, he opted for uniform number 0. A huge fan of Friday the 13th movie, Smith expressed his opinion about the number change.
“My name’s kinda different, my game is a little bit different, you know what, I’m gonna go with zero.”
Maybe donning the number 0 did something to him. Chris Archer of the Pittsburgh Pirates coined the term “Mallex Effect.” It describes Smith’s ability to wreak havoc and change games with his scrappy and speedy play.
It came on April 9 when Mallex reached base five times, stole two bases, and scored the walk-off run in a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.
By the start of the 2018 season, Smith started wearing a large Florida-shaped gold chain to represent his Florida roots. Following Kevin Kiermaier, Smith became the starting center fielder and played until his return on the field.