Los Angeles added this pick when Zack Greinke signed with the Diamondbacks after declining a qualifying offer. That provided an opportunity to add the Louisville catcher as well as to pad the organization’s bonus pool, with some savings to apply to other selections.
Smith rated as high as 59th on the pre-draft rankings of evaluators, with ESPN.com’s Keith Law giving him that placement. Smith delivers impeccable zone awareness and contact ability, but doesn’t wield a big stick. But he draws high grades for his work behind the dish and also has good wheels.
Others weren’t as impressed with that package, though. Baseball America ranked him 74th, with MLB.com dropping him out of the top 100 of its list at No. 110. Those outlets seem less wowed by Smith’s overall defensive package.
The Dodgers already locked up top pick Gavin Lux for pennies over his slot value, but went over the allocation for third-rounder Dustin May. Their top unsigned draft pick is Vandy right-hander Jordan Sheffield, who went 36th overall.