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Smith Accelerating Through The System

Smith uses his unique arm slot to his advantage

Drafted less than three months ago, right-handed reliever Joe Smith is on the fast track to the big leagues. After dominating NY-Penn League batters, he was sent all the way up to double-A Binghamton and now he is on his way to the Arizona Fall League with the elite prospects in the game at the beginning of October.

"No, not really," Joe Smith said if he ever expected this type of advancement in his first professional season. "I was just down there having a blast in Brooklyn. We started out in last place and by the time I left Brooklyn we were back in first. That's what I was focused on." In just 17 appearances with the Brooklyn Cyclones, Smith notched nine saves and posted a 0.45 ERA while striking...

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