"My arm is my strength," said Payton, who was clocked at 87-89 miles per hour, topping out at 91 on my Stalker Gun. "I really work on pitching because that's what I mostly want to focus on."
He explained the things he has done to increase his velocity.
"I've added some velocity since last year, although I'm not sure how much," said Smith. "What I've done is a lot of offseason running, a lot of workout with my legs. My brother, who is a big football player, helps me out a lot because I work out with him."
Although his arm strength stands out, he's also got a little pop in his bat as evidenced by how he helped the 15U 6-4-3 DP Baseball team win the 2010 WWBA 15U National Championship.
"We won (15U) Perfect Game last year; I hit the winning home run in that game," said Smith.
Although he's not receiving any recruiting attention at the moment, with his added velocity since last season look for that to change. When it does, Smith already has an eye on the teams he would be interested in.
"I'm really looking for something that would fit me best, something like the SEC," said Payton Smith. "South Carolina, Ole Miss, Alabama; those are my top schools right now. My sister went to South Carolina, my dad's cousin, Steve Spurrier, is (the head football coach) there. So, I'm a Gamecock fan. It would be an honor to go there but if I don't, Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, somewhere like that would be fine."
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