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Postby PinstripePride » Thu May 14, 2009 5:48 pm

It might seem hard to believe that Smoak could be on this list already after just 45 professional games (not including time at the Arizona Fall League), but Smoak's upside is huge. Hank Blalock is in the last year of his contract, and Smoak soon could be pushing Chris Davis to DH to start next season. Smoak's advanced feel for hitting could make him an impact player in 2010, especially given the relative lack of depth in the corner infield pool this year compared to recent seasons.
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby Bobbleheadrusty » Fri May 15, 2009 12:09 am

PinstripePride wrote:It might seem hard to believe that Smoak could be on this list already after just 45 professional games (not including time at the Arizona Fall League), but Smoak's upside is huge. Hank Blalock is in the last year of his contract, and Smoak soon could be pushing Chris Davis to DH to start next season. Smoak's advanced feel for hitting could make him an impact player in 2010, especially given the relative lack of depth in the corner infield pool this year compared to recent seasons.


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That said, I like Smoak more then the other "elite" guys at his position (Anderson, Hosmer, Alonso). Walking more then he strikes out, good IsoP.

Would probably put him as the 4th best 1B under 25 right now, behind Fielder, Davis and Butler, but just barely behind the last two.
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby Grounded Polo » Sat May 16, 2009 8:25 am

I think Smoak is going to be an incredible hitter and gets a boost by being a Texas hitter. Hopefully he'll have to try in AA, obviously too advanced for A ball.
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby AEMRICH » Sat May 16, 2009 9:09 am

smoak has been in AA all year and is lighting it up-
5HR 27BB 23K .339 avg .461OBP and .516SLG

i'm still in shock that he fell to the rangers in the draft- just like the year before i couldn't believe Jason Heyward fell to the braves like he did
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby MaudDib » Tue May 19, 2009 10:52 pm

He keeps this going there is a chance we could see him this year. It is obvious that the Rangers don't mind calling up guys early (ie Andrus).
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby Montana168 » Wed May 20, 2009 12:27 am

i am very excited about this kids potential and can't wait until he is in the yahoo database so i can add him to my dynasty team. i agree with the above poster...i can definately see this kid being a sept callup, and at the very latest we'll see him next ST since this is hank blalock's walk year and he almost surely won't be resigned with this kid waiting in the wings and chris davis most likely moving to DH or vice versa.
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby AEMRICH » Wed May 20, 2009 11:26 am

Smoak is a lock to play 1B in the majors- he is a good defensive player so they will not waste that talent at dh
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby JoshExley » Wed May 20, 2009 3:16 pm

Is anyone else concerned about him not being able to hit lefties?

.231 (52 ABs in his MiLB career)
.238 this year

I DO love the potential of seeing him in Arlington this summer once Blalock is traded...
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby AEMRICH » Wed May 20, 2009 5:25 pm

JoshExley wrote:Is anyone else concerned about him not being able to hit lefties?

.231 (52 ABs in his MiLB career)
.238 this year

I DO love the potential of seeing him in Arlington this summer once Blalock is traded...


small sample size IMO, i don't think it is a problem at all
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Re: Justin Smoak, 1B, Rangers: in AA

Postby Steve-o » Wed May 20, 2009 7:27 pm

JoshExley wrote:Is anyone else concerned about him not being able to hit lefties?

.231 (52 ABs in his MiLB career)
.238 this year

I DO love the potential of seeing him in Arlington this summer once Blalock is traded...


It might be a problem, but I haven't read anything about that as an issue. Besides his college stats don't look that off.

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