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Draft Focus: Justin Smith
Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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Justin Smith Perfect Game profile
Birthdate: Feb. 29, 1996
High School: Bartram Trail
City, State: St. Johns, Fla.
Travel Team: Marucci Elite
Projected Draft Round: 2-3
have a long-time friend that is a veteran evaluator and travels a
similar summer circuit as I do each year. We’ve developed a
tradition of going out to dinner following the last day of the East
Coast Professional Showcase to compare notes and opinions, including
a Top 10 list from the event.
friend was adamant that Justin Smith was the best position prospect
at the event and belonged at the top of my prospect list that I was
going to write up the next morning before getting on a flight to
California and the Area Code Games. I couldn’t dislodge Nick Gordon
and his fielding brilliance and projection from the top spot and
eventually listed Smith fourth among position players, with the
Smith doesn’t take a back seat to anyone in the
class for pure strength and he has the ability to muscle base hits to
the outfield when he doesn’t square the ball up. He played a very
nice right field and made several high level throws.
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