Devin Smeltzer

Position: LHRP
Level: AFL
Affiliate: Salt River Rafters
League: Arizona Fall League
Born: 09/07/1995 (Age: 23)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
B/T: Right / Left
Acquired: 5th Rd., 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD)

Prospect Spotlight

NOTES FROM THE FIELD, ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:

  • Tall and very thin, extra-long limbs, very lanky. Adds to deception. 
  • Funky semi-windup, moving parts and closed front side disrupt timing. Works cross-body with slingy low 3/4 slot.
  • FB 90-91; Won’t overpower, but gets on hitters quickly and is tough for LHH to pick up. 
  • SL 77-81; Frisbee slider, uses more to LHH. Wide shape that’s tough for same-side hitters to stay in on. Shows late, plays well off FB. 
  • CH  82-83; Something to combat RHH, sells with armspeed and keeps from same slot as FB/SL. Gets plane-changing tumble.
  • Intense on the mound, plus pitchability, pitches backwards and keeps all pitches around the plate. Plays everything up.

SUMMARY: Has split time between rotation and ‘pen as a pro, but see deception-based approach playing better in relief role at ML level. Will be a very tough matchup for left-handed hitters, but also has something to work against righties. Could move quickly in the ‘pen.