3/4; 3B side; compact delivery; free and easy; repeatable delivery; slightly crossfire; can lose release point.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
Velocity: 87-90(T92); Command: solid-average Movement: straight Notes: able to spot to both sides of plate; will be home run prone due to lack of velocity/life
Velocity: 76-80; Command: solid-average; Movement: good sharp; late hard downward break. Notes: will throw early in the count for a strike as well as late for strikeout.
Changeup: Velocity: 80-84; Command: average; Movement: minimal. Notes: thrown too firmly; does not throw often.
Extremely small frame; extremely athletic; fields position well; controls running game; relies on curveball.
Strengths: curveball is a weapon; athletic repeatable delivery; fastball command; overall pitchability.
Weakness: fringe-average fastball; changeup will be thrown too firmly; home run prone; small frame.
Overall, Smith is a good athlete with an idea of what he wants to do on the mound. He has an easy plus curveball in his arsenal. As he progresses it will be difficult for him to get hitters off of his curveball. Fastball command will have to be pristine, or it will be punished. Smith is shorter than listed and small frame creates bare minimal plane on fastball. The changeup is still a major work in progress. Ultimate future may be in the bullpen; fastball may tick up in bursts, and will be able to attack with curveball.
OFP: 45; spot starter(middle relief in bullpen)
Risk Factor: Moderate