Video from the 2012 Season
Bryson Smith came into the 2012 season as a rather unheralded prospect. He was drafted late (34th round) out of college where he was solid, but unspectacular. When he signed he went out and crushed the ball in limited time between Arizona and Billings to the tune of .368/.470/.611 over 115 plate appearances. Between the late round draft pick status and limited, though excellent play, he fell outside of my Reds Top 40 Prospects in the 2012 Prospect Guide and had a write up later in the book with the additional prospects.
Smith must have impressed in spring training enough that the Reds placed him in High-A Bakersfield with the Blaze right off the bat. He got off to a slow start, hitting just .185 over his first eight games of the season. For as slow as he began though, he heated up quickly as he hit over .400 the rest of the month of April to finish up with a line of .309/.382/.471 with 4 walks and 11 strikeouts in 77 trips to the plate.
The center fielder ...