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Kevin Smith

#4 | SS/3B/LF
Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics
Kevin Smith
Name: Kevin Smith
Born: Jul 4, 1996 in Troy, NY
High School: Columbia HS, East Greenbush, N.Y.
College: Maryland
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 188 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 4th round (129th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 (signed for $405,100)
Coming out of high school, Smith was small and skinny. Scouts liked his glove actions and arm strength, but he needed to go to college to develop. Smith found instant success at Maryland, earning the starting shortstop job as a freshman and quickly developing a reputation for highlight-reel defensive plays. With the draft nearing, Smith's defense remains his defining characteristic. He has plus hands and body control and flashes plus arm strength, though some evaluators note that his arm has been inconsistent this spring. Offensively, Smith shows above-average bat speed and raw power. He batted .301 as a rising sophomore in the Cape Cod League last summer, giving evaluators hope that his pure batting had improved. Smith struggled early on this spring, casting further doubt on his ability to make contact and dropping him to the lower third of the Terrapins' order. His power remains ahead of his hitting ability. In a college shortstop class devoid of players likely to stick at the position, Smith should still be a high draft pick, in spite of his shaky offensive track record.
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