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Around the AFL: Corey Smith on the rise

Around the AFL: Corey Smith on the rise

Brandon Who? Sure, he has blasted nine home runs in 11 games, but Brandon Wood's .955 slugging percentage is not good enough for the team lead in Surprise. That honor goes to the Padres' Corey Smith, who has absolutely decimated the league's pitchers so far.

In 26 at bats, Corey Smith has 14 hits, including four doubles and three homers. For the math-challenged, that's 28 total bases and a slugging percentage of 1.038. "My main concern is choosing good pitches to hit and being able to consistently attack the fastball," said Smith. Despite the early success, Smith is still relatively anonymous on a roster full of high-profile hitters like Wood...

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