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Scouting Padres Prospect: Corey Smith

Scouting Padres Prospect: Corey Smith

It was a season of what could have been for Corey Smith. After being acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Indians for Jake Gautreau, Smith was given a new lease on life within the Padres' system. With their problems at third base, Smith could have found himself in an enviable position with a solid campaign.

That magical season never materialized. Corey Smith ended up hitting .254 with 18 homers and 73 RBI's for the Mobile BayBears, the Padres' Double-A squad. Since being drafted with the 26th overall pick in 2000, Smith has never topped .271 with his average and 19 homers marked his highest total. His 50 extra base hits in 2005 were a career-high, but it was accompanied by 144 strikeouts, which...

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