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Daily Futures: Smoak is smoking

By adding patience to power, Rangers prospect may move up fast

Updated: April 22, 2010, 11:23 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Healthy And Hard To Get Out

Justin Smoak, 1B, Texas Rangers (Triple-A Oklahoma City)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

A first-round pick in 2008, Smoak struggled at Oklahoma City last year while dealing with an oblique injury, but he's making up for it early in 2010. He is putting some serious pressure on big league first baseman Chris Davis, who has yet to homer this year while struggling to keep his average at the Mendoza line. Meanwhile, down on the farm, Smoak is hitting, hitting for power, and also turning into a walk machine, with 16 already against just 46 at-bats for a clean on-base percentage of .500. That's a 50/50 chance of getting on every time he steps to plate, and right now, it's probably a 50/50 chance for him to be called up before the All-Star break.

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