Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Yankees Draft: 25th Round - Adam Smith INF


Smith just finished his junior year at Texas A&M.  He went to Klein High School in Spring, Texas.  There he was a standout shortstop for his father, Barry Smith. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior (2008), hitting .472 with four home runs, 26 RBI, 34 runs scored and nine stolen bases as the Bearkats advanced to the third round of the playoffs. He wasalso named District 16-5A MVP, second-team all-state and second-team all-greater Houston and played in the THSBCA Texas All-Star Game and the Houston All-Star Game.  And along with fellow A&M classmates Randall Thorpe and Estevan Uriegas, was a member of Team Texas at the All-Star Senior Sunbelt Baseball series in 2008. He helped lead the squad to the championship of the event and was the Home Run champion. He hit .382 as a junior (2007) with four home runs, 21 RBI, 18 runs scored and eight stolen bases and his team advanced to the first round of the playoffs.  He was an honorable mention all-district selection. He played summer baseball for the Houston Heat and the Southeast Texas Sun Devils and was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round (858th overall pick) of the 2008 June draft.  This all according to his Texas A&M profile.

Although he is listed on the MLB draft site as a RHP, all of his stats from college are as a hitter and in an article about him being drafted it states he is a 3B.  He also played mostly SS and 2B his first two seasons at A&M so it looks like he can play any position in the infield.  Therefore, I'm going to assume that he is actually drafted as an infield prospect.

In his freshman year, 2009, he played 57 games, 54 starts, all at SS.  He hit .267 with 9 HR, 25 RBIs, and 33 runs.  After this season he played summer ball for the Beatrice (Neb.) Bruins of the M.I.N.K. League.

Then his sophomore year, 2010, he again played in 57 games, this time starting 52.  That season he switched around position many times playing 5 different positions throughout the season.  He got the most time at 2B.  He hit .268 with 10 HRs, 42 RBIs, and 40 runs.  He also stole 11 bases.  

His junior year was not a great one.  He hit only .238 with 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, and 19 runs.  He appeared in 47 games and starting 44 of those games.  He was also given Honorable Mention for All-Big 12.

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