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USC's Smoak Is A Top Pro Prospect

Justin Smoak -- One Of The Nation's Best Justin Smoak -- One Of The Nation's Best

By Chris Rodgers

     USC's baseball team is usually very good, but they rarely have a top pro prospect.

     That's changed this year -- First Baseman Justin Smoak is widely regarded as one of the top three pro prospects in the country.

     Even though he's a junior, most people think the lure of the Major Leagues means this will be Justin's last season in Columbia.

     Most scouts are drooling over his big bat and switch hitting, but Smoak says his fielding is what he's most proud of.

     "The strongest part is fielding. A lot of people say I'm a good hitter but the fielding around the bag at first base [is my strongest suit]."

     Justin had a poor midweek outing against Furman on Tuesday, going just 1-4 with a walk, but is batting well over .300 this season, and is less than 10 home runs from USC's all-time record.


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