January 1, 2008
Age: 18 Height: 6'0" Weight: 165 Bats: Right Throws: Right
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The Indians dipped into the outback in July of 2006 and signed Smit at 16 years old. Smit is a promising, young prospect out of Australia who was widely considered a top ten International prospect at the time he was signed. Smit is a middle of the diamond player who has a lot of upside offensively, and for his age has great instincts for the game and a very advanced approach at the plate. The Indians really like Smit's potential with his bat and throwing arm, and while they view him as a middle infielder, he has the potential to play virtually anywhere on the infield. He was signed as a shortstop, but last year in the Gulf Coast League (GCL) he was moved around a lot between third and second. Smit was one of the youngest players in the GCL last year, and the numbers he put up were not very good. But, there were a lot of things going on behind the scenes he was doing to improve his game, like learning more about different pitches and how to pick them up. There is a lot of projection involved with any prospect like Smit who is still so young, so there is no telling what may happen with Smit over the course of the next few years as his body continues to mature. Smit will likely remain in extended spring training again this year and play with the Indians GCL team in a more featured role.
Video: Smit at the plate.