D-backs' top draft pick pays off parents' mortgage for Christmas

A minor-league prospect for the Diamondbacks got his parents a major-league gift for Christmas.

Pavin Smith, the seventh overall pick in this year’s MLB draft, paid off his parents’ mortgage using some of his $5 million bonus he earned by signing with Arizona in June.

In a video posted to Twitter on Monday, Smith fittingly revealed his surprise inside the house with a letter read aloud by his mom.

“Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours,” his mother announced before the family.

It didn’t take long before both parents started to cry.

“Thank you for everything you have done for me!” the 21-year-old wrote on Twitter. “This doesn’t make up for any of it. Love you both so much. Our home is finally all YOURS. Merry Christmas!”

Smith, whose $5,016,300 bonus matched the slot value, hit .342 with 13 homers and 77 RBIs this year as a junior at Virginia. The first baseman struck out just 12 times in 228 at-bats, drawing the attention of major-league scouts after helping the Cavaliers win the NCAA national championship as a freshman in 2015.

The Florida native can now add “Christmas Day champ” to his resume.

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PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23: Pavin Smith #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks takes batting practice for the MLB game against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field on September 23, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
Omaha, NE - JUNE 24: First basemen Pavin Smith #10 of the Virginia Cavaliers reacts after hitting a two-run home run against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the fourth inning during game three of the College World Series Championship Series on June 24, 2015 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Omaha, NE - JUNE 23: First basemen Zander Wiel #43 of the Vanderbilt Commodores steps on first base to force the out against Pavin Smith #10 of the Virginia Cavaliers to end the first inning during game two of the College World Series Championship Series on June 23, 2015 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Omaha, NE - JUNE 24: First basemen Pavin Smith (R) of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrates with teammate Kenny Towns (L) after hitting a two-run home run against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the fourth inning during game three of the College World Series Championship Series on June 24, 2015 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 25, 2017: Firstbaseman Pavin Smith #10 of the University of Virginia Cavaliers gets ready for the next pitch during the top of the first inning of a game on March 25, 2017 against the Duke University Blue Devils at Davenport Field on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. The Cavaliers beat Duke, 13-6. 17-1007643 2017 Diamond Images
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 25, 2017: Firstbaseman Pavin Smith #10 of the University of Virginia Cavaliers at bat during the bottom of the first inning of a game on March 25, 2017 against the Duke University Blue Devils at Davenport Field on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. 17-1007896 2017 Diamond Images
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 25, 2017: Firstbaseman Pavin Smith #10 of the University of Virginia Cavaliers watches the action from the dugout during a game on March 25, 2017 against the Duke University Blue Devils at Davenport Field on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. The Cavaliers beat Duke, 13-6. 17-1009123 2017 Diamond Images
Virginia's Pavin Smith singles in the second inning against Dallas Baptist on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in the NCAA Regional at Fort Worth, Texas. Virginia won, 6-3. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 03: Virginia first baseman Pavin Smith (10) makes a throw to first during the NCAA Division 1 baseball tournament regional game between Dallas Baptist University and Virginia on June 3, 2017 at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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