Interview with Dwight Smith Jr.

In what can only be described as yet another instalment of prospect porn, here is our latest featuring OF Dwight Smith Jr. In repeating the AA level, Dwight posted an unremarkable .265/.332/.433 triple slash line with 15 HR and 12 SB.

In 2016, he patrolled all three outfield positions but the overwhelming majority - 91 of his 126 total games – were spent in LF. The left-handed hitter was taken 53rd overall out of high school in the 2011 draft.
Not sure if he was eligible for the Rule 5 draft this offseason or not but, in any event, he wasn’t selected. He is currently not listed as being on the 40 man roster. A move up to AAA for 2017 is most likely in his future and Bisons fans should see plenty of Smith Jr. in a corner OF spot at Coca Cola Field.

Our man on the field, the one and only Jay Ballz, caught up with Dwight for a brief chat in which they discuss:

  • Eastern League competition
  • The pressure that comes along with being a first-round pick
  • What it’s like to play in front of a packed Olympic Stadium in Montreal
  • His observations from spending time in big league spring training camp
  • What superpower he would choose if able

This interview was done in May shortly after Bautista got decked in the jaw by Odor. We apologize for the delay in posting it. (Not really. It's a stupid blog post and it’s free, so deal with it.)

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