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Dwight Smith Jr.

Born: 10/26/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 210
Primary Position: LF
Well built, muscular. Short, compact frame that is mostly filled out already. Not much remaining projection, but a good, strong body.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 05/28/2014
Dates Seen 5/12-5/14
Affiliate Dunedin Blue Jays (High A, Blue Jays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2016 Moderate 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Quiet stance, short, flat swing with a slight uppercut at the finish. Features plus bat speed. Uses the whole field and takes a line drive approach to his at-bats. Looks to drive the ball when on the inner half but does not generate a lot of carry. Patient approach to hitting helps put him in good hitter's counts.
Power 45 Strong build and plus bat speed make for moderate power, but home run power is limited to pull side and he doesn't consistently generate the backspin necessary for the ball to carry over the fence. Won't have the bat knocked out of his hands by any means, but most of his power will come in the form of doubles.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Runs well, quick first step. Timed him at 4.1 to first base from left side.
Glove 50 Has the speed and athleticism to be an above-average outfielder but his route-running and judgement on fly balls was shaky more often than you would expect. Took some questionable routes to the ball. Makes up for mistakes with speed.
Arm 40 Weak arm, no carry. Left field only.

If Smith could play center field, we'd really have something here, but I don't see that as a viable option and apparently neither do the Blue Jays. As it is, he's limited to left field, which makes for a tough profile without home run power. He should hit enough, get on base enough, and collect enough doubles to warrant every day playing time, but he'll have to get to at least double-digit home runs in order to be better than a second-division regular. I'm not sure if that is going to happen, but even if he doesn't, he can do enough with the stick and the legs to play on a part-time basis and be a valuable role player.

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