MLB Draft Scouting Report: Kyle Smith

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep righty, Kyle Smith.

Name: Kyle Smith
Position: Pitcher
School: Santaluces H.S. (Fla.)
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 175
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase

Physical Description

Physically this is about it for Smith. He's smallish and naturally thin. So when it comes to projection, there isn't a whole lot with Smith. He resembles Yankees' righty, David Robertson in terms of body type.

Mechanics

His delivery is quite compact and he gathers exceptionally well at his balance point. Despite his size he gets good extension toward the plate, which allows his velocity to play up a couple ticks.

Fastball

Smith is not overpowering and probably never will be. He works at 89-91 mph and kicks it up to 92-93 on occasion. The fastball command is what truly what allows him to stand out amongst other high school arms, however. He paints the edges of the plate and seems to always be pitching near the knees. He also works very fast and keeps hitters on their toes.

Curveball

Smith's 11-5 curveball is a potential plus pitch and flashes above average currently. His command is outstanding and he's able to drop it in there at 75-78 mph with ease. He's confident enough already to backdoor it to left-handed hitters or bury it against righties.

Changeup

He's a complete three pitch mix prep righty, and that means the changeup is heavily involved as well. He throws it at 80-83 mph and shows a decent feel. It's a fringe average offering, but it does it's job in giving hitters a third speed to think about.

Summation

Two scenarios could happen with Kyle Smith. Either he signs, or he goes to college and racks up an outstanding track record. He's the advanced type of pitcher that could really pad his resume in college. It's likely that a team out there is going to be intrigued by his feel for pitching and command, however, and they'll take him in the top five rounds.

Draft Projection: 3rd-5th round

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