Pavin Smith,1B/OF, Virginia
If there’s a player in this draft class that can make an immediate impact on both sides of the ball, it’s Pavin Smith.
Smith has been a model of consistency for Virginia since he began playing in 2015. In three years, he’s played in all 157 possible games, hit .317 with 23 home runs and 136 RBI. His OBP (.388) is over 100 points lower than his slugging percentage (.499), which suggests Smith has a very aggressive approach at the plate. Big league hitting coaches will surely tailor this approach, though Smith offers a very fallow foundation to begin working with.
Between first base and the outfield, Smith has a career .989 fielding percentage and is responsible for turning 81 double plays and 98 assists.
Smith turned down the Colorado Rockies’ draft-day offer to him coming out of high school in 2014 to attend the University of Virginia.