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RHP Cade Smith (Courtesy Mississippi State Athletics)

2023 MLB Draft

Yankees Select Cade Smith with their 192nd Overall Pick in the 6th Round

The New York Yankees took Cade Smith out of Mississippi State in the 6th round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Smith is a 21-year-old, 6-foot-1, 190 lb. pitcher that has a fastball as his best pitch, clocking in at 92-95 but reaches 97 MPH. This past season, he had an ERA of 5.23, with a WHIP of 1.51, a K/9 of 9.63 (very good) and a BB/9 of 5.86 (poor). The opposing batting average is a little concerning at .425, so there’s some work to do.

Smith did struggle a little during his junior year, however he was Mississippi State’s most consistent starting pitcher. He struck out 46 hitters in 43 innings of work, pitching in 10 games and starting 9 of them.

Smith was injured early on that sidelined him for a few weeks. However, he remained reliable by throwing at least 6 innings on three different appearances which is good for a top spot in the SEC.

His career with the Bulldogs as a whole has been fantastic. Pitiching in 34 games (starting 24) and holding down a 4.14 ERA with 132 Ks in 130.1 innings pitched.

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