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Maybe the M's were beginning to question what they'd received in the Cliff Lee trade. (OK, they were, but it wasn't because of Smoak.) It has been a disappointing year in the majors for the switch-hitting prospect Seattle received from the Texas Rangers in July.
Actually, Smoak, 23, hit a mere nine homers while batting .279 at Triple-A ball this year. He hasn't been anything special versus southpaws, either. But Smoak, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, is still developing. With a frame like that, and his superb gap power (he still slugged .497 this season on the farm), he appears to be destined to grow as a power hitter.
Since the M's recalled him, in mid-September, he has played regularly, going 9-for-31 (.290). He punctuated that run with three hits, including a ding dong against left-hander C.J. Wilson, last night against his old club. Only six days left....
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About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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