Riley Smith Scouting Report — RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Prospect: Riley Smith
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Organization: Arizona Diamondbacks
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 195 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Age/DOB: 23 (January 15, 1995)
Acquired/Hometown: Round 24 (2016); Lufkin, TX (LSU)


May 22, 2018 — Visalia Rawhide (High-A, California League)
High-three quarters release point with short arm action in the back; conventional mechanical look with repeatable, relatively low effort delivery and consistent release point. Lacks ideal height, but OK physical size with some natural strength through core and lower half; may add a bit of weight as he ages, but more or less near final form now; repeatability and consistency of his delivery and mechanics give him a shot to stick as a rotation arm in the future … Sat 91-94 with the fastball in my May 22 look; paired it with an 80-83 slider, an 82-84 changeup, and a 75-77 curveball. Also timed 1.29 – 1.32 to the plate on fastest moves with runner on first base … No-nonsense guy who pushes the issue and attacks with the fastball; pitches off it primarily and goes to it heavily, even second and third time through the lineup deep into games. Will challenge hitters with it and doesn’t back down. Modest arm-side run to it, plus some downward plane when spotted down in the zone. Pairs well with the slider as a decent second offering; good tilt on the slider with consistent depth; throws it hard and arm action looks good; tough to pick up out of the hand and gives him a shot to get off barrels and pitch off the fastball with a second power offering, even though the slider isn’t really a wipeout pitch that’ll rack up strikeouts … Changeup and curveball were both a little further behind in my look; lacking consistency and good life down in the zone; definite secondary pitches to fastball/slider combo. Curveball in particular is a nice change of pace for velo, but lacks consistent depth at plate; must improve feel. If he develops one of these two, he’s got a real shot to stick in the rotation against better hitters … In all, Riley Smith doesn’t have too many wrinkles: he’s a strike thrower who will come after hitters with a decent fastball and won’t let up. That two-pitch power look probably makes him a future bullpen candidate for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but I like him as a starter — at least for now — if he can develop a third pitch well enough to fall in as a back-end rotation arm at ceiling. Regardless, Smith looks like a great value as a late-round selection who may just pan out and see some big league time.

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