View Full Version : Is Corey Smith a legit player

04-30-2006, 04:55 PM
or just filler?

He's now 16 for 32 with Birmingham with another double and homer today.

Obviously no point in sending him to the Hall of Fame quite yet, but what's his story?

Charlotte had a huge offensive explosion today....Sweeney and Fields each had three hits, along with Owens.

05-04-2006, 08:28 PM

Corey Smith, 3b, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham)Indians' first-round pick (26th overall) in 2000, then traded to the Padres for utility infielder Jake Gautreau, then released and signed by the White Sox . . . This is Smith's third straight year in the Southern League and the 24-year-old broke out this week, hitting .500 with three homers at Double-A Birmingham.from baseballamerica.com

By the way, Ryan Sweeney is now #8 on the Baseball American Hot Prospect List with a bullet.

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05-04-2006, 11:50 PM
I had the same question. On the one hand this is a small sample size of a guy playing his third year in AA, who has washed out of two organizations. On the other, he's a former high draft pick and he's still only 24. He was always considered a guy with a quick bat and no position. He was shuttled between third and the outfield, not playing well either place. Maybe first base will allow him to relax and concentrate on his swing. Maybe something clicked for him. Maybe it's a fluke. I will say this, if he keeps swinging like this no one in the SL is going to pitch to him.

I would love it if one of the guys like rdvaldi who sees Birmingham play from time to time can give us a scouting report.

05-05-2006, 01:29 PM
It seems that they brought him in to be a "veteran" presence on a fairly young team...like Quinn, Blakely, Daigle, Hall, etc.

05-05-2006, 03:12 PM
Of course, the obvious issue with any Sox prospect at 3B and 1B is when are they going to be traded....

Rogowski and Corey Smith, the Leo Daigles of the world...they´re stuck behind Konerko, Thome and Gload, among others. On the other side of the diamond, Rob Mackowiak and Josh Fields. If Fields has a better than average season and Crede stays healthy and puts up 25 homers and 85 RBI´s, you´ll see fans wanting to trade Fields to get something in return.

It´s going to be interesting to see how much patience Fields can have, and the organization can have with him. Obviously, Crede´s the guy for this season and probably the next, but 2008 would be a very realistic year for the change to take place. OTOH, from everything Joe´s said in the media, he would very much like to stay around.

05-05-2006, 03:33 PM
Rogowski and Fields don't belong in the same sentence with Smith and Daigle.
The first two have trade value. The latter two are minor-league free agents.