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August 21, 2009

John Sickels on Justin Smoak

Filed under: MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ August 21, 2009 8:00 pm
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Hitting .239/.354/.356 for Oklahoma City, but this includes a .364 mark with nine walks in his last ten games. In the three contests I saw, Smoak went 6-for-10 with three walks and two doubles. He was controlling the zone very well. I thought his swing got a bit longish in a few at -bats, but in others it was quick and compact. Although he’s hit just 11 homers this year, I didn’t see anything to make me think that the power won’t come eventually. He just needs more time, and he certainly didn’t look overmatched in this contest. Looked sharp with the glove, making good scooping plays and showing the requisite range for the position.

this from MLB.com’s Jamey Newberg:

All things considered, it’s probably unlikely that Texas will purchase Smoak’s contract in September, but he’s nonetheless finishing his Triple-A stint strong. On the strength of a .262/.400/.385 August, he’s steadily brought his hitting and on-base numbers up even though the power that he’s always exhibited hasn’t shown up in Oklahoma City yet. The switch-hitter has reached by hit or walk in 26 of his last 29 RedHawks games.

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