Q&A with Blue Jays 4th Round Pick Evan Smith

We sat down with Blue Jays' fourth round pick, Evan Smith, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Mary G Montgomery High School in Alabama says about his game, his thoughts about starting his professional career now, how his recovery is going, and more!

FutureJays.com: How did you feel when Toronto took you? What was going through you head when you received the call?

Evan Smith: I don't really know what was going through my head. I was surprised. The [Chicago] White Sox called right before, but then the Blue Jays called me right after with the news. It caught me a little off guard.

FutureJays.com: Had you spoken with the organization before the draft? If so, to what extent?

Smith: Yeah, I went to their pre-draft workout, but it was nothing really special. I just worked out and they talked with me.

FutureJays.com: Do you have any familiarity with the organization; it's farm system or how you see yourself fitting in?

Smith: No, I'm not too familiar with the organization or the farm system, but I'll adapt. I can pick up on stuff pretty quick.

FutureJays.com: Give me a little scouting report about yourself. What's your favorite pitch? Least favorite?

Smith: I've got a good fastball; it's pretty quick. I don't like my changeup though. It's just a pitch I don't like throwing too often.

FutureJays.com: What would you consider the biggest aspect of your game, in which you have to develop?

Smith: I need to learn about the change. I need to be more confident with it. Also, I need to locate the slider better when I'm throwing it.

FutureJays.com: Does your height [6-foot-5] either give you advantages or disadvantages when pitching?

Smith: It helps me out a little bit. It helps me when I'm looking down to the plate, delivering my pitches.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare yourself to mechanically at the Major League level, delivery and pitch-wise?

Smith: I think I'm a little like Clayton Kershaw. Delivery-wise, it seems like we throw the same.

FutureJays.com: What has been the best moment in your baseball career so far, aside from being drafted?

Smith: In high school, I pitched a nine-inning game in the playoffs and threw 12 strikeouts. It was a good game.

FutureJays.com: While you've committed to Faulkner State Community College, do you intend on signing with the Blue Jays?

Smith: Yes, no doubt about it. I'll be starting early, which is good. School isn't really for me. I want to do baseball 24/7, instead of doing half baseball and half school.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: How did you feel when Toronto took you? What was going through you head when you received the call?
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\r\nEvan Smith: I don't really know what was going through my head. I was surprised. The [Chicago] White Sox called right before, but then the Blue Jays called me right after with the news. It caught me a little off guard.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Had you spoken with the organization before the draft? If so, to what extent?
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\r\nSmith: Yeah, I went to their pre-draft workout, but it was nothing really special. I just worked out and they talked with me.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you have any familiarity with the organization; it's farm system or how you see yourself fitting in?
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\r\nSmith: No, I'm not too familiar with the organization or the farm system, but I'll adapt. I can pick up on stuff pretty quick.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Give me a little scouting report about yourself. What's your favorite pitch? Least favorite?
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\r\nSmith: I've got a good fastball; it's pretty quick. I don't like my changeup though. It's just a pitch I don't like throwing too often.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you consider the biggest aspect of your game, in which you have to develop?
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\r\nSmith: I need to learn about the change. I need to be more confident with it. Also, I need to locate the slider better when I'm throwing it.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Does your height [6-foot-5] either give you advantages or disadvantages when pitching?
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\r\nSmith: It helps me out a little bit. It helps me when I'm looking down to the plate, delivering my pitches.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare yourself to mechanically at the Major League level, delivery and pitch-wise?
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\r\nSmith: I think I'm a little like Clayton Kershaw. Delivery-wise, it seems like we throw the same.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What has been the best moment in your baseball career so far, aside from being drafted?
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\r\nSmith: In high school, I pitched a nine-inning game in the playoffs and threw 12 strikeouts. It was a good game.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: While you've committed to Faulkner State Community College, do you intend on signing with the Blue Jays?
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\r\nSmith: Yes, no doubt about it. I'll be starting early, which is good. School isn't really for me. I want to do baseball 24/7, instead of doing half baseball and half school.
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