Kevan Smith

From AZL 2016 (Kim Contreras / FutureSox)

From AZL 2016 (Kim Contreras / FutureSox)

Position: C
Born: 6/28/88
Ht: 6'4" Wt: 240 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted 7th Round in 2011 from Pittsburgh
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #24 - 2011 Midseason
  • #22 - 2012 Preseason
  • #24 - 2012 Midseason
  • #25 - 2013 Preseason
  • #18 - 2014 Midseason
  • #21 - 2015 Preseason
  • #27 - 2015 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • FutureSox Hitter of the Month - July 2011
  • FutureSox Hitter of the Month - August/September 2011
  • 2012 South Atlantic League All-Star Game
  • FutureSox Hitter of the Month - May 2014
  • 2014 Southern League All-Star Game
  • 2014 AFL Appearance

Scouting report

This two-way Pitt product was a quarterback on the football team for three years and got a few starts as a redshirt freshman in 2007. Smith turned his focus to baseball and joins the long list of notable White Sox draft picks with a football background. He turned 23 less than a month after he got drafted so his dominant rookie ball numbers at Bristol and Great Falls needed context. He held his own for both A ball teams in 2012 (combined .281/.338/.434), but repeated with Winston-Salem in 2013 and did very well statistically (.286/.370/.464, 12 HR). 2014 he made the jump to AA, and again hit well (.290/.376/.437) while a couple years older than league average. 2015 saw him make the final minor league jump to AAA, but he didn't get comfortable at the plate until late in the season and finished with a respectable .260 AVG and .330 OBP, but the power disappeared (6 HR). In 2016, at age 27, Smith performed well enough in April at AAA Charlotte to earn his first major league call-up in late May, but he hurt his back during warm-ups prior to his first major league game and hit the disabled list. He's finished rehab, spent more time in Charlotte hitting just fine, and got another cup of coffee in September, going 2-for-16 in 7 games.

Scouting reports have said positive things on his hitting (though with some fixable timing flaws), but defensively he hasn't always showed well with blocking and glove work. He does have a strong arm for the position, and his athleticism hints at a higher defensive ceiling. He's got good power, and has made good contact throughout the minors, though that power didn't seem to be there in 2015. He's got a bit of a hitch in his swing that means he's not real quick to the ball, but he puts bat to ball effectively anyway. Defensively he made improvements in 2015 and 2016, and reports on his handling of pitchers are strongly positive. Those latter traits are key in the eyes of the parent club, and White Sox front office people have spoken highly of Smith's abilities in those areas. He's going into his age 28/29 season but is still technically a prospect, though his narrow window to a backup MLB job (with his current club at least) probably hinges on whether or not the White Sox are rebuilding in 2017.

Major League Outlook: Backup catcher
ETA: Late 2016

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