Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tiger Taxonomy: Jarred Smith


Quick Facts:


  • Class: Freshman
  • Hometown: Lake Wales, FL
  • Previously: Lake Wales HS
  • H/W: 6'/ 187
  • B/T: L/R
  • Position: IF (2B/SS/3B)
  • Twitter: None


Smith, a true Freshman, has emerged as the favorite at Third Base; thanks in large part to an impressive Fall:



Similarly, freshman IF Jarred Smith, also from Lake Whales, Florida, gave his contribution to the team mostly in small ball. Smith got the job done as far as moving players up, hitting a double here and there, and impressive base running techniques to allow runners to score. Though the box score might not show exemplary performance, the kid is smart in baseball.



Smith comes to Auburn with his high school teammate and roommate Colton Davis (an Astros draft pick) and was originally committed to Florida Southern but decommitted soon after Davis chose the Tigers. I've seen scouting reports rave on both his offense and his natural baseball instincts, including a scouting report from the Head Man:



"Jarred has played at the highest level of high school and travel baseball and has been extremely successful. Jarred is a talented infielder who will help us win games defensively and with his bat. His baseball player instincts are impressive and he has also excelled on the mound."



That travel ball team (where he played with future Auburn signee Addison Russell) raved about his plate discipline.



Jarred is a versatile player who can play all 3 INF spots and is mid to upper 80s on the mound. Jarred will have a shot to play early because of his advanced approach at the dish.



Though many scouting reports project Smith as a 2B, Smith has the range and the instincts to play 3B. Smith's main plus is something he really doesn't have any control over: a LH swing. Jarred is one of only 6 Auburn batters who hit left handed (and will give Auburn added balance to the lineup). With Cullen Wacker, Ryan Tella, Bobby Andrews, and Jay Gonzalez (all LH Hitters) all competing for playing time, Auburn has the potential to deploy 5 southie batters and prevent holes in the lineup. Plus, he's pretty solid with that LH bat:



There were a number of middle infielders who showed good actions and overall promise. Auburn-bound Jarred Smith (Lake Wales HS) is a lefhanded hitter with a very smooth swing. He's definitely an offensive-minded player, but one who should become a solid defender at second base.



Here's video from Smith's Under Armour All American Tryouts (links not embeddable, sorry) where he was clocked at 93 mph arm strength and showed up off a big upper body swing. Thanks to impressive fall where he notched a SAC Fly, a bases loaded double, a pair of doubles (and almost 50% of the white offense), and a pair or RBIs, Jarred Smith showed his bat is one that deserves to be in the lineup.

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