High School: Solon (Ohio)
College Commitment: North Carolina
An Ohio native, the lanky left-hander has missed most of the 2012 season after having surgery to repair a small fracture in his foot. Working from a high three-quarters arm slot, Smoral pumps an easy 92-94 mph fastball that should add a few ticks over time.
His best pitch, however, is without a doubt his plus slider, which already could be a legitimate out pitch at the big league level. The southpaw also features a low-70s curveball that has good shape and late break and offers hitters a much different look.
And finally, Smoral rounds out his rotation with a changeup that he throws with a similar arm speed, which in turn generates late fading action.
Given the fact that he’s a 6’8” lefty with a plus slider, Smoral has naturally drawn a comparison to Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, although he lacks the Big Unit’s velocity. If things go as planned, Smoral could move quickly and make his major league debut by the end of 2015.
Analysis: If Smoral properly rebounds from his broken foot, the Blue Jays may have a steal at pick No. 50. You don't find 6'8" power lefties every day.