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Spencer Smith

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High School: Northern HS, Durham, N.C.
College: Harford (Md.) JC
State: Md.

Ht.: 6'1"
Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: R
Throws: R

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Scouting Report

A highly-touted backstop out of high school, Smith was ranked the No. 158 prospect on the BA 500 in 2017, but made it to campus at East Carolina in the fall before transferring to Harford (Md.) JC prior to the spring season. A torn labrum kept him from catching at all this spring, but scouts got to see him hit a team-high 19 home runs with a .319/.472/.779 line through 163 at-bats. There are real strikeout concerns with Smith--as there were when he was a high schooler--and he whiffed 70 times compared to 42 walks. There's real power in the tank and a lot strength out of Smith's 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame, but it's an all-or-nothing sort of swing and there's more pressure on his bat now than previously with less of an idea of what kind of defender he could be. Teams who draft Smith as a backstop will be doing so with much of his defensive evaluation coming from 2017 reports which saw him as a fringe-average defender with an average arm.

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