Toronto Blue Jays Prospects

Blue Jays: Five under the radar prospects for 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 18: Toronto Blue Jays' players Wilson baseball gloves lay in the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 18, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 6-2. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 18: Toronto Blue Jays' players Wilson baseball gloves lay in the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 18, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 6-2. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images) /
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Kevin Smith- Shortstop

Kevin Smith was taken in the 4th round, 129th overall in the last year’s draft out the University of Maryland. The 21-year signed at slot for $405,100 and was assigned to the rookie level in Bluefield.

The shortstop hit .271/.312/.466 with 8 home runs and 9 stolen bases in 61 games with the baby Jays. Smith was an extra-base machine as 47% of his hits were of the extra base nature connecting for 25 doubles, 1 triple and 8 round trippers, a smooth 34/71 line.

The right-handed hitting Smith surprisingly struggled versus southpaw pitchers in his rookie season hitting just .217 versus lefties and .281 opposite right-handed pitching. Like Noda, the shortstop enjoyed success with 2 outs and runners in scoring position owning a .350 average. The success when the pressure is elevated bodes well for these youngsters mental fortitude and make-up.

Defensively, Smith should be able to stick at shortstop moving forward and provide a plus stick with above average speed. Unfortunately for Smith, he may have a roadblock with the big club at the shortstop position if “Bo” continues to dominate baseball. Too many shortstops is definitely a good problem to have.

Look for Smith to gain some recognition among prospect prognosticators this season if he can better last year’s totals.

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