This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This week, I'm going to provide scouting profiles of several minor league prospects recently acquired in trades.
I will provide an analysis and grade for each player.
Scout grading scale:
45 - Marginal player in a utility or part-time role
50 - Every day player subject to platoon
55 - Multiple tools, every day player less subject to platoon, above average skills
60 - Occasional All Star quality potential with skills well above league average
Josh Smith-SS-Age 23-Bats L-5-10, 172 pounds
2nd round 2019 draft pick out of Louisiana State
Traded while playing at High-A Hudson Valley
Smith signed for $978,500
A good athlete and a solid hitter, Smith profiles best as a second base candidate due to weak arm strength. He does, however, have good enough hands and range to play solid defense.
He is seen by many as the top prospect in the package for Gallo. I would disagree. See Ezequiel Duran below.
Smith has always hit since turning professional. He has solid bat-to-ball contact skills, and it is likely he will carry his career trend of hitting for a high average with him to the big leagues. Scouts seem to think power will come in his game. So far, that hasn't been the case. He has a total of nine homers this season, including six in 50 plate appearances while he was still at Single-A Tampa early in the