Thursday, June 15, 2017

Meet a Prospect: Canaan “Barry Bonds” Smith

With the Yankees first three picks of the 2017 MLB Draft the organization took high-upside pitching so it was only a matter of time before the next Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez was added to the system, obvious sarcasm and see it as so please, and the team may have done that in the fourth round when they drafted outfielder Canaan Smith from Rockwall-Heath High School in Texas. Smith comes with some big comparisons linked to his name as the high school outfielder is already being compared to MLB home run king Barry Bonds. Smith didn’t hit 73 home runs in a season and as it stands now he probably never will, although he has plenty of room to grow both physically and developmentally, but in 2017 pitchers just flat out refused to pitch to Smith. I call that the ultimate respect so let’s meet the man who is being compared to Barry Lamar Bonds. This is Meet a Prospect: The Canaan Smith Edition.

Smith is 6’0” and 215 pounds but don’t let his smaller frame scare you, well smaller compared to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez since they were mentioned above, the guy can hit the ball. Smith doesn’t force the issue though and actively try to hit home runs though and is quite happy with taking a walk. Smith walked 57 times this season which at one point in the season averaged out to be 1.58 walks per game. Pitchers flat out refused to let Smith beat them which goes to show you how well he has hit this season with Rockwall-Heath.

Smith has also played catcher and first base in High School while also playing quarterback for the school’s football team. Smith is committed to the University of Arkansas so maybe the Yankees can get Trevor Stephan signed pretty quick and get him to talk to Smith. I don’t think that’s against the rules, and if it is then tell me again about how the Boston Red Sox got around the international free agent signings time-and-time again. I joke, a little bit.

Welcome to the organization, potentially, and welcome to the family Canaan! Hurry up and sign!

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