Yankees 2013 14th round draft pick: Caleb Smith


14th Round, 434th Overall: Caleb Smith, LHP, Sam Houston State (TX), Year: JR, Bats: Right, Throws: Left, 6-foot-3, 200-pounds

MLB.com’s report:┬áSmith entered the year as Sam Houston State’s Friday night starter, but struggled under the weight of the expectations. Though he rebounded after being moved to the back of the rotation and improved as the season went on, questions about his command and breaking ball linger. Smith throws his fastball in the low-90s and mixes it well with a solid changeup. He overuses his changeup, however, because he lacks a feel for his slider. Smith has a stiff delivery, which hampers his command. Ultimately, he may be better suited for the bullpen.

MY TAKE: It sounds like the Yankees will have to put in a lot of work with this kid, but he’s got the size and if he’s already got a decent changeup that’s a good start.┬áHe had a 3.44 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 60 walks in 89 innings this season. That’s a lot of walks, but hopefully that can be helped with some tweaks to his mechanics.

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