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Pavin Smith

#26 | RF/1B/DH
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks
Pavin Smith
Name: Pavin Joe Smith
Born: Feb 6, 1995 in Jupiter, FL
High School: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) HS
College: Virginia
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017 (signed for $5,016,300)
Smith ranked 108 on the BA 500 out of Palm Beach Gardens High, where he was a teammate of Florida's J.J. Schwarz. An unsigned Rockies 32nd round pick, Smith attended Virginia and hit .307 as a freshman in the Cavaliers' 2015 national championship season. Smith has matured into the best pure hitter in the draft class for some scouts, making consistent hard contact with a pretty lefthanded swing and incredible ability to avoid swings and misses. As Virginia reached its exam break in May, Smith had more home runs (10) than strikeouts (seven), using an all-fields approach but still producing plus power while being a plus hitter. That ability to pair high contact with power bodes extremely well for the future, according to most teams' research. Smith moves well for his size and is a solid athlete, and most scouts consider him an above-average defender. The track record for college first baseman high in the draft is fairly mixed, but Smith has hit his way into contention
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