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Chris Smith, lhp
Cumberland (Tenn) U.

As a sophomore right fielder, Smith hit .375-14-66 and was a key cog in Florida State's College World Series team. He also had the best pure arm on the team, touching 93 mph in four relief appearances, but focused on hitting because Seminoles coaches considered him their top athlete. Realizing he had a future on the mound, Smith asked for a spot in the club's 2001 rotation. When coach Mike Martin refused to give him more than an opportunity to win a job, Smith asked for his release. Martin wouldn't grant it, reducing Smith's options to NAIA schools. He wound up at Cumberland and showed an arm that ranked with Stanford's Mike Gosling's as the best among college lefthanders. Smith threw as hard as 94 mph and showed potential with a curveball and changeup. He also dominated as a DH/outfielder, batting .414-17-67 with 18 steals. As a position player, all five of his tools grade out as average or better. He could get drafted as an outfielder, but it's more likely he'll go in the middle of the first round as a pitcher.

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