Derek Smith
Derek Smith
Derek Smith

CLASS OF 2022

C
3B

Derek
Smith

Horizon (HS) • AZ
6-2 • 200LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Boom

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1/17/22

6-foot-2 200 pounds, Derek Smith has made a name for himself as one of the biggest offensive presences in the State of Arizona. Smith's frame is no doubt the build of a professional prospect, as he has put on significant size in the last two years. His strength is above average and proportionate through the body, while still possessing some athleticism. Offensively, Smith has a balanced and simple set up at the plate, along with simple swing mechanics. With his size and strength, he uses a short and direct bat path that produces loud contact on a consistent basis. Expect Smith to put up great offensive numbers at the Super 60, and in game action this spring. Defensively, we could see Smith at a couple different spots this spring, his main position being behind the plate. Smith keeps the trend of simplicity to his game going behind the plate as well. His receiving technique is simple and direct, blocking is sound, and throws the ball well with carry down to second base. This spring, there is a chance we see Smith getting some time at 3B, where he will be serviceable. 

Smith has a large leadership role for his team over at Horizon. Coach Polvorosa has a strong 2022 class this year, with some key underclassmen that will help make a championship run this year. Smith is a class act on and off the field, and we're happy to have him representing Arizona at the Super 60.

6/07/20

Verbally committed to Oklahoma State University

1/26/20

Large 6-foot-2 180-pound build, long limbs with loose hips, high ceiling with plenty of room to add more strength in his athletic frame. Multi-sport athlete that was still in basketball season during this event. Hits from an athletic balanced base, controlling back leg through a small leg lift. Hands start shoulder height, loading to back foot with vertical barrel. Controlled gap to gap approach with hard contact at 87mph. Power potential as he gets stronger. Stays in control of his movements and moves quickly behind the plate. Wide stance and loose hips. Soft hands receiving with long limbs gave him the ability to get around pitches more efficiently. Arm will build up as the season moves forward. Currently, makes transfers deep with 2.0-2.16 pop times, getting tall in his follow through. 76mph arm strength. Should improve a ton as he transfers back onto the baseball field. Strong follow as a power-hitting catching prospect.

6/18/19

Large lean frame at 6’2” 175lbs, proportional strength with long limbs, good athleticism from catcher position, consistent accurate arm at 76mph, pop times ranging from 1.9-2.07, exchanges on side of body, more follow through available, no issue blocking balls with good mobility from longer frame, hits from balanced athletic setup, rock back knee turn trigger, slightly forced hand separation, above average pop, LD contact with 87mph exit velo, high level prospect to follow.

10/14/18

6-foot-2, 165-pound frame. Lean, developing body. Tons of room for projection/maturation in long limbs. The right-handed hitting catcher shows rhythm in set-up, and ability to create leverage; 83 mph exit velo. In BP Smith struggled with timing, leading to an up and down round, but the body and hands make for an intriguing offensive 2022 prospect. Behind the plate, posted pop times of 2.06-2.15 with 70 mph velocity. Continued physical development will improve arm strength and bring times down. Ran 7.58 60-yard dash.

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