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2009 Breakout Candidate: Jake Smith, C

Smith is in need of a healthy season.

In 2006, the Oakland A's selected catcher Jake Smith in the 21st round of the amateur draft out of East Carolina. Since that time, Smith has shown that he can hit at the professional level, but he has been hampered by a shoulder injury. Will this be the year that Smith breaks through?

Vital Statistics Name: Jake Smith DOB: 06/05/83 Height: 6'0'' Weight: 215 The Oakland A's took Smith in the 21st round of the 2006 draft out of East Carolina University. The right-handed hitting backstop had a distinguished career at ECU, and he hit .344 with a 977 OPS during his senior season. He was also given the Johnny Bench award, which is bestowed on the nation's top collegiate catcher... Recommended Stories

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