Virginia's Pavin Smith is such a pure hitter. (Aaron Fitt)


College Prospect Insider: Week 8


Each week throughout the college baseball season, the College Prospect Report will provide updated scouting reports and scouting news on key prospects from around the nation. We’ll cast a wide net, as we examine prospect performances for every type of player, from the 2017 draft eligible star to the intriguing fresh faced freshman on the verge of playing a more pivotal role with a key performance.

Using scouting and coaching resources from around the nation, each week’s report will bring the latest on prospects’ velocity, improvements at the plate, home to first times and all the key aspects of the game on which these players are evaluated throughout the season and the entirely of their college careers. We’ll also weigh in on how their most recent performances could impact their future draft stock as well as their place on their current rosters. This notebook will not touch on every prominent prospect performance each week, but will highlight many of the most notable ones.

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the latest prospect nuggets from around the world of college baseball during week eight.

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– Every elite hitting prospect needs to be consistently tested against top flight pitching, and it helps if that can happen on a routine basis. Pavin Smith (Virginia) will have no problem finding those tests in the ACC and that was exemplified as he faced a dangerous Louisville pitching staff this weekend, including their superstar ace lefty Brendan McKay. Smith picked up four hits on the weekend including a home run, but perhaps most impressively he went the whole weekend without striking out. Smith is now at 113 at-bats on the season with just a measly three strikeouts compared to his eight home runs. He presents scouts with the best combination of power and contact of any hitter in the country, and he gives it to them out of a sweet swinging package with plus power and advanced barrel control. The fact that his power consistently plays to all fields is just another feather in his cap.

Clarke Schmidt (South Carolina) always brings a nasty grade of stuff to the hill with him, but his most recent weekend outing may have been the nastiest we’ve seen him to date. The righty tossed eight scoreless, dynamic frames against Auburn, touching 97 mph a pair of times with his fastball and working consistently at 91-95 mph with late life. The breaking ball is always a tremendous weapon for Schmidt, but in this one his changeup may have been the best we’ve seen it to date.

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