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Around the Farm: October 8, 2014

Smith’s home run highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: October 8, 2014
Jordan Smith (Photo: Jim Piascik)
October 9, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Jordan Smith (RF, Arizona Fall League): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO

Jordan Smith (Photo: MiLB)Things I do not have to tell you but am going to anyway: Jordan Smith is not known for his power. The 24-year-old hit two home runs in 126 games in Akron over the past season. He hit all of five in 134 games while in High-A in 2013. Yet the outfielder has already gone deep in the Arizona Fall League, taking Red Sox starter Keith Couch deep to right field in the second inning. Obviously a league like the Arizona Fall League tends to be offense-friendly and homer-prone -- and Couch has never ranked among Baseball America’s top-30 prospects in the Boston organization -- but this is an encouraging start nonetheless. Smith’s offense improved as the season wore on -- he posted a .721 OPS in the second half compared to a .583 mark in the first half -- and if the power starts to come in too, the outfielder could put together an interesting bounce back season in 2015.

  • Grant Sides (RP, Arizona Fall League): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. A nice clean outing for Sides in his Arizona Fall League debut, going three-up, three-down while throwing 11 strikes in his 15 pitches.
  • Tony Wolters (2B, Arizona Fall League): 0-for-3, 1 SO. Wolters’ second time in the Arizona Fall League did not get off to a quick start, however. One game does not make or break a season, however, and Wolters will have plenty of opportunities to continue improving his offense.

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User Comments

October 10, 2014 - 8:09 AM EDT
October 10, 2014 - 8:08 AM EDT
@Walter... The talent there may be questioned.... the physical gifts are there.. the progress has been station to station without so much as a hint at a break, so, not so much.. For his size and skills (can run.. can really throw, has leverage at the plate, very good swing mechanics, etc). he doesn't hit for the kind of power his frame says he should.. He walks enough, maybe more than he needs to..& has increased his K rate without an accompanying increase in power numbers.. He steals some bases, but not in an instinctual manner & gets caught a lot.. At the age of 24 entering the AFL.. it's getting to that "put up or go home" stage in his career. He needs to show something "BIG"... As of now.. he's seen some limited success at AA.. but, it's not eye popping. So far, his career with the Indians has been okay to disappointing.. Johnny Goryl is a long time baseball man.. Jordan Smith has become a long time baseball prospect.. Breaking out in 2015..however unlikely, may be Jordan's last hurrah with this organization as there are going to be several OF'er making their way to Akron in the coming season..
October 9, 2014 - 10:04 AM EDT
From the Q/A session article that Tony had earlier in the year with Johnny Goryl, mentioned that Jordan Smith needed time to put all the tools together to become a good potential major league player. Maybe the AFL could be the beginning in where Smith has that breakout year in 2015.

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