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  1. #1081
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    The Skinny

    Height: 6-foot-5

    Weight: 200 lbs

    Age: 22

    MLB Pipeline Mets Prospect Ranking: N/A

    2019 Statistics: 3.05 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 6-5 record in 91.1 innings pitched over 18 starts while allowing 86 hits, 28 walks and striking out 103

    Background

    Kevin Smith was born in Dunwoody, Georgia. He attended Dunwoody High School. Going in to his senior season, he was named to the Preseason All Region Team by Perfect Game. He participated in the Perfect Game East Cobb Invitational where his fastball was clocked as high as 88 mph.

    His senior season he posted a 1.60 ERA and struck out 74 batters in 48 innings. He made the Perfect Game national top 500 high school prospect list as number 500. He won Team MVP for Dunwoody, as well as DeKalb County Pitcher of the Year and 1st-Team All-DeKalb County.



    Smith committed to the University of Georgia and went undrafted out of high school. As a freshman at Georgia, he appeared 13 games (7 starts) and posted a 3.91 ERA while striking out 40 batters in 46.1 innings. After his season at Georgia he went on to pitch in the Cape Cod League where he pitched all but one of his 13 outings out of the bullpen where he posted a 2.20 ERA and struck out 35 against only 6 walks in 28.2 innings.

    As a sophomore he got hit around a lot more with a 4.87 ERA and allowing more than a hit per inning and walked 4.6 per 9 innings. He did improve upon his strikeout rate as he started to be able to throw a little harder with some mechanical adjustments. Smith was invited back to the Cape Cod League where he appeared in 4 games, all starts and posted a 3.50 ERA.

    In his junior season at Georgia, he spent the beginning and the end of his season in the rotation, but spent the middle portion of it as the bullpen ace for the Bulldogs. He went 8-1 with a 3.69 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. He also made the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The Mets decided to draft him in the 7th round of the 2018 MLB Draft and agreed to sign him for $222,300.

    With The Mets

    After signing with the Mets, Smith began his professional career with Brooklyn. After throwing 63.1 innings at Georgia, to limit his innings the Mets limited him to 12 appearances (3 starts) and only 23.2 innings. He handled the New York-Penn League well, posting a 0.76 ERA and allowed only 12 hits and 6 walks while striking out 28.

    In 2019, the Mets made the decision to make Smith a full-time starting pitcher and assigned him to High-A St Lucie to start the season. He started 17 games and his "pitchability" and improved stuff impressed Mets people. In those 17 starts, he pitched to a 3.05 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He allowed 83 hits and only 24 walks in 85.2 innings while striking out 102. The Mets promoted Smith to Double-A Binghamton and he made his Double-A debut on July 20th. He threw 5.2 innings and allowed 3 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and 1 strikeout. It still is a really nice development for a guy that wasn't a full-time starter since high school to be able to progress to Double-A essentially within his first calendar year in pro ball as a starting pitcher. In their most recent Mets top 30 prospect update, Baseball America ranked Smith as the number 10 prospect in the Mets system.

    Repertoire/Future

    Smith possesses a 3-pitch-mix with a fastball that he will throw in the 88-93 mph range, and a slider and changeup that both reside in the low 80s. While not a big stuff guy, Smith has a lower arm slot which creates some deception in his delivery. He also possesses plus spin rate on his fastball and slider which helps his stuff play up.

    The Mets will continue to develop Smith as a starter where if he is able to refine his changeup he has the potential to be a back end starting pitcher. Since turning pro, Smith has possessed splits where he is very difficult to pick up by left-handed hitters, allowing an OPS of .163 last year in Brooklyn and a .514 OPS this year. If the Mets decide to fast track Smith and move him into the pen where maybe in shorter outings he can get a little more out of his stuff, he could potentially be someone you talk about as an option in the latter part of 2020.

    While Smith may not be a big-time impact prospect, I think he has a pretty good chance of being a big leaguer, and depending on role maybe not in the too distant future. He is definitely a prospect on the Mets radar now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dugmet View Post
    We know the system is bottom heavy and we know that upper level prospects are generally favored over lower level prospects. Mets had almost no one in top-100 prospect lists two years ago and y'all frowned when I said they could have up to 5 top 100 prospects in a year. Dont rely on the media. Gee whizzers.
    But they didn't have 5 top 100 prospects, not sure why you are patting yourself on the back for that.. This isn't a media thing, they gave up prospects in all their trades. This is a depletion of major talent in all levels of their farm.


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    https://twitter.com/metsfarmreport/s...585603586?s=21


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    Realistically Smith is their closest to the majors starter. Peterson kind of blows, no more Kay. Szapucki making strides, but still just coming back.


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    2019 NY Mets Minor League and Prospect Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    He’s had a great year.

    Needs to get his walks down in AA though. Definitely will get tested in AAA next season.

    But have to love the 6’5” frame for a lefty and is just 22 years old. How hard does he throw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungStuna View Post
    He’s had a great year.

    Needs to get his walks down in AA though. Definitely will get tested in AAA next season.

    But have to love the 6’5” frame for a lefty and is just 22 years old. How hard does he throw?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Realistically Smith is their closest to the majors starter. Peterson kind of blows, no more Kay. Szapucki making strides, but still just coming back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Piazza View Post
    But I have to say that my time with the Mets wouldn't have been the same without the greatest fans in the world. One of the hardest moments of my career, was walking off the field at Shea Stadium and saying goodbye. My relationship with you made my time in New York the happiest of my career and for that, I will always be grateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5+7=DYNASTY!!! View Post
    Kilome?
    Looking forward to him coming back next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claymation View Post
    But they didn't have 5 top 100 prospects, not sure why you are patting yourself on the back for that.. This isn't a media thing, they gave up prospects in all their trades. This is a depletion of major talent in all levels of their farm.
    They actually did - and I did not even think about McNeill. All but Kelenic were already in the system. My claim was that the Mets would have up to five named to a top-10 list iduring the upcoming winter. I pat myself on the back because posters here and Mets fans + media elsewhere were highly critical of a lack of talent in the system. I said "Bollocks!" to ignorance.

    You don't seem to understand that "top-prospect lists" do not actually rank talent, nor are they necessarily accurate because they rank talent + predictability. Meaning that more weight is placed on upper level prospects since they have demonstrated talent at higher levels, but this does not mean they have more talent than lower or unranked minor leaguers. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but you can't assume that players not on a list don't have more potential than some players on a list. These media-generated lists are also updated infrequently -- maybe twice per year. Mauricio for example was not on any list - he had not even played a professional game - and yet talent-wise I stated he was probably their top prospect because he always had top-100 talent. Always.

    https://forums.prosportsdaily.com/sh...1#post32027211

    Minor league talent is used to bolster the MLB roster either through graduation or through trades. As it stands, your chances of acquiring MLB talent is better if you trade prospects than if you wait for them to develop. For example of all the minor leaguers traded at the MLB trading deadline going back to 2012, only +/- 20% posted positive career WAR since. Of course given the benefits of controlling younger players, teams try to find the optimum balance between retaining and trading prospects.

    The Mets traded prospects accordingly and added new ones through the draft and IFA signings as well. Depletion without replenishment is an issue, but that is not the case and trading them for established MLB talent is statistically proven to be more successful than retaining them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
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    Good enough for a lefty.

    At worst I see him as a quality LOOGY option.

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    The ranking is something that over the years has meant less and less to me.

    As long as they can keep developing guys that help in the majors, that’s all that matters.


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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungStuna View Post
    Good enough for a lefty.

    At worst I see him as a quality LOOGY option.
    I like him more than Peterson.

    As for Kilome? He will be coming off TJ next year and who knows how that will end up, also o think he is more of a reliever.


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    Szapucki and Smith are the two guys am looking at possibly helping next year.


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    Baty: 3-4, HR
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly.” -- Teddy Roosevelt

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    What about any hitters? Pitching is great but the team needs hitters.

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