Player: Mason Smith
Drafted by: San Diego Padres (No. 118 overall)
DOB: 3/16/1995 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6'1"/185 lbs
School: Rocky Mountain HS (Meridian, Idaho)
College Commitment: Utah
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.
Smith has a very good swing from the right side; doesn't generate a ton of power right now, but he is short through the zone with explosive wrists; will need to improve bat control against better velocity and stuff; bat speed and projection lead to above-average potential.
Doesn't get a lot of weight behind his swing right now; more focused on making contact than driving the ball over the fence; power should develop as he adds some bulk and develops better pitch recognition; impressive hit tool will help power show up in games.
Plate Discipline: 30/50
Has not been tested against quality pitching in high school; biggest adjustment will come when he faces professional pitching; has bat speed to handle fastballs, but off-speed stuff will challenge him; good hitter who will make adjustments on the fly.
Never known for his speed before this year, Smith looks more and more likely to end up a below-average runner at his peak; he has some athleticism and has a decent first step; that lack of speed will hurt his overall value, as it limits his range in the outfield.
Fringe-average defender in left field; arm doesn't play anywhere else; range is limited due to lack of speed; doesn't take the best routes on balls and can get caught in between reading the ball off the bat; could develop into a serviceable corner outfielder.
Doesn't offer much in the way of arm strength; will have to sail throws to get them back to the infield; limited defensive profile makes him a risky bet since all of his value is tied in the bat; will have to get by with below-average arm.
MLB Player Comparison: Jason Bay
Projection: Offensive-minded left fielder who can hit for average and power.
MLB ETA: 2018
Chances of Signing: 90%
There are two things that could make Smith a difficult sign. First, he is a Mormon, and there are certain religious obligations that come along with it. Second, feeding into his religious beliefs is his commitment to the University of Utah.
However, Smith has said that he will sign if he gets drafted in the first five rounds of the draft. The reason the percentage is so high is because it is a virtual lock he will go that high, though there could be some trepidation about taking a player that high from a state that isn't exactly brimming with baseball talent.
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