• Full name Adam David Smith
  • Born 05/09/2000 in West Chester, PA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 180 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School UNC Wilmington
  • Drafted in the 14th round (430th overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2021 (signed for $125,000).
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    Smith came to UNC Wilmington as a two-way player as a shortstop and righthander, but only spent one season with any significant number of at-bats before transitioning to a full-time pitching role. In 2019 and 2020, Smith worked out of the bullpen and threw 22.2 innings with solid strikeout and walk rates. Smith continued to work out of the bullpen this spring until mid April, when he transitioned to a starting role and finished the season in that capacity with seven total starts. On the year, he posted a 2.49 ERA over 61.1 innings, with 58 strikeouts (8.5 K/9) and 26 walks (3.8 BB/9). Smith sat in the 91-93 mph range this spring and touched 97 mph out of the bullpen. As a starter he didn’t quite get to that peak velocity, but generally sat in the lower 90s. He throws a slurvy breaking ball in the 78-82 mph range that has solid three-quarter break and depth and also mixes in a mid-80s changeup that shows impressive arm-side fading action at its best. Scouts think there’s plenty of room to grow with Smith, thanks to his athleticism and the fact that he’s relatively new to being a full-time pitcher and handling a starting role. Smith is thin, with a 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame that has plenty of room for more strength, though scouts are unsure how big he’ll get given his lean frame over the years.

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