AROUND THE FARM: SMITH
In this week’s look “Around the Farm” we take a look at New Hampshire Outfielder David Smith.
Smith is the reigning Eastern League Player of the Week after hitting .458 (11-24) with 3 doubles, 11 runs scored and 9 RBI and tied a New Hampshire franchise record connecting for a home run in four straight games last week.
Entering play today the West Virginia native is hitting .281 with 31 doubles, 20 HR and 62 RBI in his second season with the Fisher Cats. He currently is 3rd in the Eastern League with a .511 Slugging Percentage and is tied for 3rd with 52 extra base hits .
After a solid season with New Hampshire last season (.253-19-74) Smith actually began this season as the Fisher Cats fourth outfielder behind Wayne Lydon, Aaron Mathews and Dustin Majewski. Kevin Gray of the Manchester Union Leader has a nice article on how Fisher Cats Manager Billy Masse challenged Smith to become a better all around player.
The 6’1″ right-handed batter was drafted by the Jays in the 15th round of the 2002 draft out of West Virginia State after his junior season. He was named the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player and Hitter of the Year after finishing second in the conference in average (.445), third in RBI (48), first in doubles (18), third in home runs (12) and fourth in runs scored (44). Smith was also named to the Division II third-team All-American Team.
With four of the five outfielders currently on the Syracuse roster this season being free agents and the end of the season Smith will probably get a good shot and starting next season with the Chiefs.