thankful for opportunity
– The 2012 PG National Showcase concluded for Dominic Smith (Serra
HS, Los Angeles, Calif.) when he stepped off the field at the
Metrodome Saturday night after the Rawlings Home Run Challenge. But
that doesn’t mean he was ready for it to end.
actually wish that this was longer,” Smith said of the showcase,
which wraps up its five-day run on Monday. “(We should) just play
against every team, (make it) a two week trip instead of two or three
days. I really did enjoy myself. I would do it again if I could.”
Thursday, the left-handed hitting Smith hit a triple to left-center
and later scored. The next day he threw 90-91 mph on the mound,
peaking at 92. In the same game he collected two hits, including a
threw 91 mph in the outfield drills and 84 mph from first base. In
the 60-yard dash he ran a 6.89, an improvement on his 7.43 time at
the 2011 California Underclass Showcase.
a lot of tough competition, a lot of great ball players out here,”
Smith said. I just have to have fun (and) enjoy myself.”
to the National Showcase, PG ranked Smith as the No. 17 prospect in
the nation. The consensus among PG scouts is that after his
performance this week, he’s a top-five player.
ranks among the best bats at the showcase,” PG Scouting
Coordinator, Todd Gold, said. “Even though he’s a lefty and
throws 92 mph on the mound, scouts would be willing to pass that up
because of his special bat.”
6-foot-1, 200-pound Smith plays summer ball with Yak Baseball West in
California. Smith’s teammates on Team Purple, Kevin Franklin (Gahr
HS, Cerritos, Calif.) and John Paul Crawford (Lakewood HS, Lakewood,
Calif.) also play with him on the Yak Baseball West team. Smith and
Crawford are committed to USC, Franklin to Arizona State.
father, Clay, attended the National Showcase with his son to show his
support. Smith’s passion for the game goes back many years, as his
remember when he was a kid, we used to be in the backyard and we
would all be doing something. He’d be with a baseball and a glove
just throwing the ball up against the wall (and) off the stairs all
day long. We’d be like ‘Come on in the house man,’ and he’d
be like, ‘Alright dad, I’ll be (right) in.’ So you know (this)
is just a dream come true for him.”
very happy for you,” Clay said as he turned to his son. “I’m so
proud of you.”
people forget baseball is a child’s game and you have to go out
there and have fun,” Smith said. “I just want to thank God for
everything. I want to thank Perfect Game and Yak baseball; they
really helped me to get into this position.”
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of the games and skills portions of the 2012 National Showcase are
archived and can be watched at your convenience. Search “2012
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for a complete list of all of the archived videos and features from
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games were played on the last day of the 2012 Perfect Game National
Showcase. All of the workout results and notes from all of the games
played at the event can be found in the scout blogs.
first game of Day 5, Game 16 overall, started with a bang as Adrian
Chacon led off the game with a triple blasted over the head of the
shortstop Tyler Cohen made a great defensive play, diving to his
right to make a stop on a sharply hit ball. He then led off the
bottom of the first with a sharply hit ball of his own up the middle.
Nico Giarratano followed Cohen with a ground rule double lifted down
the left field line. Later in the same inning, Gage West slapped a
double of his own down the left field line.
Cohen added another web gem in the fifth when he ranged far to his left to scoop up a ball hit up the middle and proceeded to make a strong, off-balance throw to first to retire the baserunner.
catcher Karl Ellison made a perfect throw to second base to gun down
Demeritte, one of the most explosive hitters at the event, took the
mound for the Steel team in Game 16 and showed a live arm.
Demeritte's fastball sat in the 87-90 range with late diving life,
and he also threw a mid-70s curve and a low-80s changeup, giving him
legitimate two-way promise. He added yet another hit in the game as well, a sharply hit single through the hole on the left side of the infield, that registered 90 mph off the bat.
The hardest hit ball on the day came off the bat of John Riley, who drilled a triple to the deepest part of the park, just to the right of the 408-foot marker sign in straightaway center. The ball was registered at 95 mph off the bat.
prospect Sheldon Neuse took the mound to open Game 17, a projectable
and lithe two-way prospect. Neuse was 86-88 fastball that peaked at
90 mph while mixing in an upper-70s changeup. Neuse has promising
arm speed, but is projected to continue his career as a middle