Dominic Smith is one of the most unique talents in the 2013 draft.
Dominic Smith, 1B/LHP/UT, Los Angeles, CA
High School Senior
Birthdate: 2/6/95 Age at Draft: 18.47
Dominic Smith Prospect Video, Serra High School (via Steve Fiorindo)
At 6’1", 205, Smith profiles best at first baseman according to many scouts. To me, that just seems like a waste. He is a very good athlete and could be a solid corner outfielder. He is quick enough to play there and he sure as hell has the arm. At the WWBA this fall, he even spent a little time behind the dish as a lefty catcher. He has a rocket for an arm and as another trick, he has a fastball that tops out at 93 and has one of the better sliders of the class. Yet his future is clearly at the plate.
One of the best pure hitters of the class, Smith just squares everything up. He floats out on his front foot sometimes, but I don’t care. He just drops the head of the bat on it and it goes 330’. He understands the strike zone and shouldn’t strike out as much as a typical power hitter does due to his sound approach and great hand-eye coordination.
Smith looks like a future star. He will likely be a corner outfielder early in his career, then migrate to first base at some point as he gets older and loses mobility. His size and potential remind me a little of Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton. He has a fall back option of the mound but I really don’t think that will ever need to be considered with the way he swings the bat. He could be a top 10 pick in the draft and should go in the top 15 for sure. If he doesn't sign, he is committed to Southern California.