2012 Draft Scouting Report: Matt Smoral

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 2012 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 lefty, Matt Smoral.

Name: Matt Smoral
Position: Pitcher
School: Solon H.S. (Ohio)
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


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Physical Description

Projection is the central theme when it comes to Matt Smoral. At 6-foot-8, he has a ton of room to grow into his frame. He has extra long limbs, and once he figures out how to be coordinated with his size, he only figures to get better.

Mechanics

One thing that bodes especially well for Smoral's future is his slow and easy delivery. One issue he does have to contend with, however, is his cross body delivery. Yes, it does give him some deception but he'll be better served to get more on line with the plate and keep his arm healthy for the long haul. He works from a three-quarter delivery and falls off the mound to the third base side. Everything works easily but getting him to work more toward home plate will be a big key.

Fastball

Projection is the optimum word with Smoral but the fact that he has better than average present velocity is a huge plus. He currently sits at 90-92 mph, and bumps 93 routinely. When he irons out his mechanics and packs on some weight, those 93s are going to become far more routine for him and it wouldn't be surprising to see him eventually sitting in the mid 90s. He tends to miss high and away to his glove side with his fastball right now so command of it will need to improve as well.

Curveball

Smoral's curveball is currently a fringe-average pitch and will need to be tweaked at the professional level. Because of his crossfire delivery it's more a sweeping hook at 73-75 mph. It's tough on lefties but is easier to pick up for righty hitters. As his mechanics improve and he stays on top a little better he should be able to create some sharper, tighter downward spin. He did show flashes of a sharper variety of breaking ball at 76-78 mph as well.

Changeup

The changeup is a usable offering currently for Smoral. The feel is decent at this point but it will require a lot of development at the pro level. He keeps his arm speed up nicely, and at 81-83 mph he's getting a good differential. The framework is in place for a third pitch, but he just has to get use to throwing it more often.

Summation

Size, projection and athleticism are all big keys for Smoral. But, we can't discount his good present stuff. This is a young lefty with the framework for three at least solid-average offerings and already has a plus fastball. If a pro coaching staff can make some mechanical adjustments and develop him correctly, the sky is the limit.

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