Dodgers Prospect Countdown: #18 Blake Smith

Taking a look at the Dodgers' #18 prospect Blake Smith.

Vital Info

Born December 9, 1987 in Modesto, California. Selected in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft. Listed at 6'2 and 225 pounds.

Stats

Began his career between both rookie league affiliates, batting a combined .214/.317/.302 in 36 games. Spent all of 2010 with the Great Lakes Loons, hitting .281/.363/.488 with 28 doubles, 19 home runs and 2 stolen bases.

Started the 2011 season with Rancho Cucamonga, hitting .294/.359/.539 in 74 games. Sustained an injury and rehabbed for 6 games with the rookie league Dodgers in Arizona.

Spent the entire 2012 season in Chattanooga, posting a line of .267/.356/.432 with 29 doubles, 4 triples, 13 home runs and 14 stolen bases.

Scouting Report

Big and strong, Blake profiles as a classic right fielder. Has surprisingly adequate speed, given his stature and can cover some ground. Has even played some center field.

At the plate, he has a pretty left-handed stroke which is compact yet powerful. He's described himself as a gap to gap hitter though most of his power is to the pull side. Hasn't hit for great average but has a good enough eye to keep his on base percentage at a productive level.

His best tool may be his arm, which allowed him to throw in the mid 90s in college. He's compiled 40 outfield assists in 40 seasons, with 13 in each of the past two seasons.

Confidence

Medium/High. His skills translate well, but age is his enemy. He's already 25 and scheduled to play in Triple A. However, given the environment, he could make himself trade bait by midseason. He's not high enough on the team's depth chart to compete for a job right now so his best bet at a big league shot is with another organization. Still, I think someone would definitely take a flier on him given the opportunity.

The Future

As i mentioned, Smith should begin 2012 in Albuquerque. While the club has a glut of outfielders in the upper minors right now, Smith deserves some praise for his classic corner outfield profile. There doesn't seem to be room for him in LA, so perhaps he'll find his greener pasture on another club.

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