Rocky Mountain High’s Smith ready for MLB Draft

In eight days, 2013 Rocky Mountain High graduate Mason Smith visited with seven Major League Baseball teams in preparation for the 2013 MLB Draft, which begins Thursday.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound outfielder attended invitation-only workouts between May 26 and June 2 with the Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels.

“I thought it was just really cool to get a chance to be in the stands in those big stadiums and be on the field,” Smith told the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday. “Just to be able to hit and play catch and do defensive work on the field, it was pretty special.”

Baseball America ranks Smith as the No. 101 overall prospect in this year’s draft, but other mock drafts have projected he could go as high as No. 31. PerfectGame.org places him 94th overall among eligible draftees.

Baseball America also said Smith could “become the highest-drafted prep position player ever out of the Gem State.”

It is likely Smith will go somewhere between the first and third rounds, which would be the highest pick for an Idaho player right out of high school since Bobby Jenks was chosen with the 140th overall pick in the fifth round by the Angels in 2000.

Coverage of the draft begins at 5 p.m. Thursday on mlb.com and the MLB Network. The first 73 picks are Thursday night followed by rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday.

Grab a copy of Wednesday’s Idaho Statesman to read more about Smith’s busy past few weeks.

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