A Season In Review: Brett Smith

Another minor league season is in the books and, for prospects around baseball, it was yet another important season in their careers. PinstripesPlus.com is here to examine the 2005 campaigns of some of the Yankees' top prospects. Now, let's review the 2005 season of righty pitching prospect, Brett Smith.

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Entering his first professional season, Brett Smith was instantly regarded as one of the Yankees' elite pitching prospects. However, beginning in full season ball may have been somewhat more of a challenge than anyone bargained for. It was a season that started strong but ended with Smith and the Yankees scratching theirs heads.

Beginning the season and through the first two months with Charleston, it was smooth sailing for the former 2nd round pick. He looked to be exactly what the Yankees thought they had; he was a pitcher that could miss bats but also had good control. With 23 strikeouts in his first 23 innings, it appeared that he was already on the fast track. And, so it continued to appear that way when he was sent to High A ball on May 8th for his first outing. But, from there, the strikeouts suddenly seemed to disappear as did the dominant Smith of early on. In fact, the initial struggles in Tampa may have actually thrown him out of sync for the remainder of the season.

Quote Book.

Brett Smith on his troubles in Tampa: "Its tough to make changes all the time, especially being in Tampa. I had never been in [a climate] like that before. I had a hard time getting used to pulling myself up between innings and getting ready for what I had to do. It was tough in Tampa. For me, I look at it as more of a learning situation."

One must remember that 2005 was Brett Smith's first professional season. Most players in their first professional season begin in short season ball. But, the Yankees were willing to take the risk with Brett. Perhaps this wasn't done just because of his ability, but because of his pitching intellect as well.

As a whole, the strikeouts were not there like the Yankees expected and, for that matter, neither was the power righthander that the Yankees drafted. However, the good stuff never was in doubt. But, a pitcher like Brett Smith can only look at his season in a positive light. He's a learner, a thinker, but never a defeated pitcher. And, he is not worried one bit about about any necessary adjustment period.

Quote Book.

Brett Smith on adjusting to the pros: "You may take a little while to get comfortable. In my first year of high school, my first year of college, and now my first year in the pros, I struggled to get comfortable right away, but then I take off the second year. Without putting any extra pressure on myself, that's what I'm looking to do."

For just about any pitcher at an level, their success at any level can often be indicated by the location of their pitches. And, in the world of pitching, down is the place to be. In Tampa, Brett Smith was up in the zone, surrendering fly balls, and getting hit as a result. However, his struggles may simply be chalked up to not just adjusting to pro ball, but fixing mechanical issues on the fly as well.

Quote Book.

Brett Smith on making adjustments on the fly: "The Yankees are making a lot of adjustments, trying to work on some things while I'm going out there competing. It really has cost me a little bit of numbers, but, it doesn't matter. I really don't get caught up in stuff as long as I'm helping the team win."

Correcting problems mid-season can make things worse before they get better, and leaving the ball up in the zone, as we've already touched on, can be a direct result of that. With a ground ball to fly ball ratio of 77 to 104, he was getting hit hard and giving up home runs with Tampa. But, while with Charleston during the first two months, he was giving up more ground balls than fly balls, and finding much more success in the process.

Call it a transition year for Brett Smith. Why? Well, a season like he had, starting off so well and gradually fading after the first two months, can only be chalked up to a season of adjustment. Was it a let down? Maybe. But, there is not much of a reason to believe that Smith can't return to form in 2006.

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\r\nEntering his first professional season, Brett Smith was instantly regarded as one of the Yankees' elite pitching prospects. However, beginning in full season ball may have been somewhat more of a challenge than anyone bargained for. It was a season that started strong but ended with Smith and the Yankees scratching theirs heads.\r\n

\r\nBeginning the season and through the first two months with Charleston, it was smooth sailing for the former 2nd round pick. He looked to be exactly what the Yankees thought they had; he was a pitcher that could miss bats but also had good control. With 23 strikeouts in his first 23 innings, it appeared that he was already on the fast track. And, so it continued to appear that way when he was sent to High A ball on May 8th for his first outing. But, from there, the strikeouts suddenly seemed to disappear as did the dominant Smith of early on. In fact, the initial struggles in Tampa may have actually thrown him out of sync for the remainder of the season.\r\n

\r\nQuote Book.\r\n

\r\nBrett Smith on his troubles in Tampa: \"Its tough to make changes all the time, especially being in Tampa. I had never been in [a climate] like that before. I had a hard time getting used to pulling myself up between innings and getting ready for what I had to do. It was tough in Tampa. For me, I look at it as more of a learning situation.\"\r\n

\r\nOne must remember that 2005 was Brett Smith's first professional season. Most players in their first professional season begin in short season ball. But, the Yankees were willing to take the risk with Brett. Perhaps this wasn't done just because of his ability, but because of his pitching intellect as well.\r\n

\r\nAs a whole, the strikeouts were not there like the Yankees expected and, for that matter, neither was the power righthander that the Yankees drafted. However, the good stuff never was in doubt. But, a pitcher like Brett Smith can only look at his season in a positive light. He's a learner, a thinker, but never a defeated pitcher. And, he is not worried one bit about about any necessary adjustment period.\r\n

\r\nQuote Book.\r\n

\r\nBrett Smith on adjusting to the pros: \"You may take a little while to get comfortable. In my first year of high school, my first year of college, and now my first year in the pros, I struggled to get comfortable right away, but then I take off the second year. Without putting any extra pressure on myself, that's what I'm looking to do.\"\r\n

\r\nFor just about any pitcher at an level, their success at any level can often be indicated by the location of their pitches. And, in the world of pitching, down is the place to be. In Tampa, Brett Smith was up in the zone, surrendering fly balls, and getting hit as a result. However, his struggles may simply be chalked up to not just adjusting to pro ball, but fixing mechanical issues on the fly as well.\r\n

\r\nQuote Book.\r\n

\r\nBrett Smith on making adjustments on the fly: \"The Yankees are making a lot of adjustments, trying to work on some things while I'm going out there competing. It really has cost me a little bit of numbers, but, it doesn't matter. I really don't get caught up in stuff as long as I'm helping the team win.\"\r\n

\r\nCorrecting problems mid-season can make things worse before they get better, and leaving the ball up in the zone, as we've already touched on, can be a direct result of that. With a ground ball to fly ball ratio of 77 to 104, he was getting hit hard and giving up home runs with Tampa. But, while with Charleston during the first two months, he was giving up more ground balls than fly balls, and finding much more success in the process.\r\n

\r\nCall it a transition year for Brett Smith. Why? Well, a season like he had, starting off so well and gradually fading after the first two months, can only be chalked up to a season of adjustment. Was it a let down? Maybe. But, there is not much of a reason to believe that Smith can't return to form in 2006.
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\r\nEntering his first professional season, Brett Smith was instantly regarded as one of the Yankees' elite pitching prospects. However, beginning in full season ball may have been somewhat more of a challenge than anyone bargained for. It was a season that started strong but ended with Smith and the Yankees scratching theirs heads.\r\n

\r\nBeginning the season and through the first two months with Charleston, it was smooth sailing for the former 2nd round pick. He looked to be exactly what the Yankees thought they had; he was a pitcher that could miss bats but also had good control. With 23 strikeouts in his first 23 innings, it appeared that he was already on the fast track. And, so it continued to appear that way when he was sent to High A ball on May 8th for his first outing. But, from there, the strikeouts suddenly seemed to disappear as did the dominant Smith of early on. In fact, the initial struggles in Tampa may have actually thrown him out of sync for the remainder of the season.\r\n

\r\nQuote Book.\r\n

\r\nBrett Smith on his troubles in Tampa: \"Its tough to make changes all the time, especially being in Tampa. I had never been in [a climate] like that before. I had a hard time getting used to pulling myself up between innings and getting ready for what I had to do. It was tough in Tampa. For me, I look at it as more of a learning situation.\"\r\n

\r\nOne must remember that 2005 was Brett Smith's first professional season. Most players in their first professional season begin in short season ball. But, the Yankees were willing to take the risk with Brett. Perhaps this wasn't done just because of his ability, but because of his pitching intellect as well.\r\n

\r\nAs a whole, the strikeouts were not there like the Yankees expected and, for that matter, neither was the power righthander that the Yankees drafted. However, the good stuff never was in doubt. But, a pitcher like Brett Smith can only look at his season in a positive light. He's a learner, a thinker, but never a defeated pitcher. And, he is not worried one bit about about any necessary adjustment period.\r\n

\r\nQuote Book.\r\n

\r\nBrett Smith on adjusting to the pros: \"You may take a little while to get comfortable. In my first year of high school, my first year of college, and now my first year in the pros, I struggled to get comfortable right away, but then I take off the second year. Without putting any extra pressure on myself, that's what I'm looking to do.\"\r\n

\r\nFor just about any pitcher at an level, their success at any level can often be indicated by the location of their pitches. And, in the world of pitching, down is the place to be. In Tampa, Brett Smith was up in the zone, surrendering fly balls, and getting hit as a result. However, his struggles may simply be chalked up to not just adjusting to pro ball, but fixing mechanical issues on the fly as well.\r\n

\r\nQuote Book.\r\n

\r\nBrett Smith on making adjustments on the fly: \"The Yankees are making a lot of adjustments, trying to work on some things while I'm going out there competing. It really has cost me a little bit of numbers, but, it doesn't matter. I really don't get caught up in stuff as long as I'm helping the team win.\"\r\n

\r\nCorrecting problems mid-season can make things worse before they get better, and leaving the ball up in the zone, as we've already touched on, can be a direct result of that. With a ground ball to fly ball ratio of 77 to 104, he was getting hit hard and giving up home runs with Tampa. But, while with Charleston during the first two months, he was giving up more ground balls than fly balls, and finding much more success in the process.\r\n

\r\nCall it a transition year for Brett Smith. Why? Well, a season like he had, starting off so well and gradually fading after the first two months, can only be chalked up to a season of adjustment. Was it a let down? Maybe. But, there is not much of a reason to believe that Smith can't return to form in 2006.
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