Scouting Brennan Smith

Bowling Green right-handed pitcher Brennan Smith was selected by the Tigers in the 33rd round of the 2010 MLB draft.  After winning Mid-American Conference pitcher of the year honors in 2009, Smith struggled this season with an 8.61 ERA in 77.1 innings pitched.

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Bowling Green pitching coach Rick Blanc said a desire to impress scouts may have contributed to Smith’s struggles.  “I think he was trying to do too much for the scouts at times, which led to throwing, not pitching, and he was hit around a little,” Blanc said.

Additionally, Blanc said Smith changed how he gripped his splitter last summer and the results were not effective.  He switched back to his old grip down the stretch this spring and saw improved results.

Blanc said Smith’s four-seam fastball sits at 89-92 mph and touches 94 mph.  He also throws a two-seamer with good sink, a splitter, a curveball and a changeup.  Smith’s splitter is his best pitch as it has excellent late bite.  His curveball has 1 to 7 break and while he needs to improve his consistency with it, Blanc projects it to be an above-average pitch.  Blanc said Smith has a tendency to slow his arm down when he throws his changeup, but it is a correctable flaw.

Smith has an even keel mound presence that suits him well as a starting pitcher, though Blanc thinks he has the ability to close as well.  “He doesn’t get very excited about anything good or bad,” Blanc said.  “I can see him being either a starter or a closer.”

With five pitches that are all at least average, Smith could be a steal for the Tigers as a 33rd round pick if he signs.  He was a junior this season, so he has the leverage to return to school.  If he signs, Smith will probably be assigned to Connecticut.

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