The University of Louisville baseball team is into the fifth week of fall ball and during that span numerous players have played very well at their position and at that plate.
Among the group excelling during the fall is sophomore catcher Will Smith. A product of Kentucky Country Day in eastern Louisville, Smith, who has always excelled behind the plate, is also swinging the bat the past few weeks.
Through seven scrimmages, Smith was among the team's top hitters. He was hitting .364 with eight runs to go along with a double and a pair of triples.
Smith, who played with the Newport Gulls during the summer, is among 19 returning veterans. Tutoring under senior catchers Kyle Gibson and Shane Craine last season, he played in 39 games, making 21 starts. With the addition of rookie catchers to the roster, the experience of being part of a College World Series team has created an opportunity to become a leader as the team prepares for 2015.
“I definitely have the most experience of all the guys,” Smith said. “I'm constantly telling the guys things and sharing what the two guys from last year told me. I think it helps them a lot and it actually helps me, too.”
He's been impressed by what he has seen from the newcomers, and the veterans during fall workouts.
“I feel we're pretty good this year,” he said. “We're definitely young and have a lot to work on, but we're showing some good stuff. Pitching is pretty good. Defensively and hitting wise we're pretty good. We have a lot to work on, but so far I think it's been a pretty good fall.”
Check out the video below as Cardinal Authority goes 1-on-1 with Will Smith.