Monday, March 2, 2015
Scouting the 2015 Draft: Austin Smith
Here's another good sized, high ceiling HS RHP for you. Austin Smith goes 6'4", 215 lbs out of HS in Florida. He has long arms and high hips but already has some bulk to him and looks like he weighs more than 215 on the videos I saw. His FB sits in the low 90's but has hit 96. He is already working on a 4 pitch mix with a slider, curve and change that are all projectable. PG's scouting report says he has a "easy, low effort delivery", "very physical, athletic build", "projectable." BA has him ranked as the #44 draft prospect in their early ranking while Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs likes him a bit better at #31, which just happens to be where the Giants draft in the supplemental first round. Kiley's comment was "smoothest arm action in the draft." Add him to Ashe Russell, Beau Burrows, Donny Everett, Mike Nikorak and Cole McKay in the list of big, hard throwing, high ceiling HS RHP's in this draft. Love it!