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Joe Smith

#38 | RHP
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Joe Smith
Name: Joseph Michael Smith
Born: Mar 22, 1984 in Cincinnati, Ohio USA
High School: Amelia HS, Batavia, Ohio
College: Wright State
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (94th overall) by the New York Mets in 2006 (signed for $410,000)
Smith is one of the more improbable success stories in college baseball. He had shoulder surgery as a high school senior in 2002 and couldn't crack the Wright State roster in his first year at college. When he made the team as a walk-on in 2004, he used a high three-quarters arm slot and pitched at 85-87 mph. After Rob Cooper took over as head coach before the 2005 season, new assistant coach Greg Lovelady suggested Smith drop down to a sidearm delivery. That usually adds movement and subtracts velocity, but Smith's fastball now sits at 88-91 mph and reaches 94. He also throws a nasty slider and his changeup has improved this spring as well. Hitters have trouble picking up his pitches, as evidenced by his regular-season 0.75 ERA--which would lead NCAA Division I if he weren't five innings short of qualifying. Smith could move quickly as a pro reliever. Because he's a redshirt junior, he'll become a draft-and-follow if he doesn't sign this summer.
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