Originally Posted by mace
Still liking Bryson Smith. James Allen is definitely right there, though. Also in the photo, for me, are Lohman, Puckett, Selsky, Howell and maybe Fleury.
Smith has now hit well in his last three stops (College World Series, AZL Reds, Billings--mostly small samples), and is apparently skipping Dayton. Here's the write-up on him from the spring preview on the Dragons website:
Bryson Smith is an interesting prospect to follow in 2012. Smith played college baseball at the University of Florida, a team that advanced to the runner-up spot in the 2011 College World Series. In his senior season with the Gators in 2011, he hit .328 with a pair of home runs. Then, when the post-season began, Smith emerged as Florida's best hitter. In 16 post-season games, he hit .439. He was first selected to the Southeast Conference All-Tournament Team, then chosen to the College World Series All-Tournament Team. Smith was drafted by the Reds in the 34th round and initially assigned to the Goodyear Reds. He played in just six games in Goodyear and hit .385 to earn a promotion to Billings. With the Mustangs, Smith played in 19 games and hit .362 while belting five home runs and driving in 18 runs in just 69 at-bats. His slugging percentage at Billings was .667 and his on-base percentage was .483, both tremendous numbers. Combining his numbers with Goodyear and Billings, Smith batted .368 in his first season of professional baseball. The sample size is small, but the results could not be much better. Something started to click for Smith toward the end of the 2011 college season, and it continued through the summer. Smith is 23 years old and bats from the right side.
Mighty impressive for the opportunity he had, but he is 23 year old out of the SEC playing in the Arizona/Pioneer Leagues in a small sample size. It's nice to see him flash a little bit of power, which suggests that he might have switched up his swing somewhere along the way.
Still, I feel that we'll be hearing more from James Allen. He seems like a very good candidate to contribute as a middle reliever in the majors one day.