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MadFriars Player Profile: Burch Smith

Burch Smith looks to build on strong rookie season

When the Padres drafted Burch Smith out of the University of Oklahoma in 2011, he was thought of as something of a project. He pitched in the low 90s, but his control was somewhat spotty and he didn't have much of a change up to work with. After 18 months in the organization, the book is vastly different for the soon-to-be 23-year-old.

The righty from Texas has found added velocity by tightening up his mechanics and building strength. And in his professional debut last season, Smith posted an impressive 137:27 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 138 Cal League innings. Smith, a 6'4" righty, works with both a two- and four-seam fastball, and has both a slider and curve that he will use in different situations. As with all pitchers in...

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