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Profiles of the Top 22 Pitchers for the 2012 MLB Draft: Matt Smoral

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[I]Originally Published at [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/05/profiles-of-top-22-pitchers-for-2012_25.html"]The Tenth Inning Stretch[/URL][/I][URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/05/profiles-of-top-22-pitchers-for-2012_25.html"]

With the Twins having a severe need for pitching in the organization as well as six picks among the top 100, it is certain that more than one of those picks (and probably the second overall pick) will be used to draft a pitcher. To this respect, I am presenting profiles of the top 22 pitching prospects for the 2012 MLB draft.

I will be presenting these alphabetically, and at the end I will rank them. I will be doing about one a day and I will finish before the June 4th draft day. You can find all the profiles (in reverse alphabetical order) as they are presented [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/search/label/2012%20MLB%20Draft%20pitcher%20profiles"]here[/URL]. I will start with RJ Alvarez and end with Kyle Zimmer. Each profile with contain a bit of background information and statistics, a mini scouting report and videos and photos.

[B]Profile 16: Matt Smoral [/B]

[U]Profile/Stats: [/U]

Matt Smoral is a senior at Solon High School in Solon, OH. He throws left handed and is listed at 6'8" and 225 lbs. He was born on Last season he went 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched. This season 3 games in, he had a metatarsal fraction on his landing foot. He had surgery and is out for the season. The recovery is said to be 12 weeks. [URL="http://www.maxpreps.com/news/vPQqeORIO0C9WdrGFAIOQQ/matt-smoral-not-letting-foot-injury-slow-baseball-career-down.htm"]Here[/URL] is a good article about his injury and recovery. He is committed to attend the University of North Carolina.

[U]Mini Scouting Report: [/U]

Matt Smoral is throwing a fastball and a slider and is developing a change up. His fastball sits at 91-92 and touches 94-95. His slider is a hard slider and is a plus pitch with plus plus potential. His changeup is a work in process. His delivery is nice and easy and almost side arm. A lot of similarities with White Sox' pitcher Chris Sale, but Smoral is taller. Good command of his fastball. Very injury prone, maybe because of his size. His latest foot injury is his 3rd injury in 3 years, but nothing major.

[U]Videos/Photos: [/U]

Due to the difficulties in embedding videos here, please [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/05/profiles-of-top-22-pitchers-for-2012_25.html"]go to the original post to see videos of Matt Smoral pitching[/URL]

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