Monday, September 27, 2004

Bonus Prospect Report

C.J. Smith, LF, Baltimore Orioles
Drafted 139th Overall (5th Round), Florida
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

I liked Smith going into the draft. He was pretty disappointing though, after signing as the Orioles 5th round pick. In college, he consistently hit for a lot of power. With Aberdeen, he struggled to make contact and only hit one bomb. His .229/.300/.340 line was pretty removed from my expectations. He still drew 21 walks in 188 at bats, so there is hope. He needs to really pick up the pace though.

The caveat as always with players who were just a few months ago is that sample size matters. 188 at bats isn't trivial. It is enough to make one worry. But it is far from enough to warrant last rites to a player's prospect status.

ETA 2007/2008
2 Stars

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