2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: Hagen Smith, LHP, Arkansas.   

The 2024 MLB draft is set for Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Arlington Texas as part of the 2024 MLB All-Star Weekend festivities. The Phillies will pick at number 27 in the 1st round. Currently, the Phillies have 17 picks in the 2024 draft.

The baseball people here at EOP will keep you updated on the top prospects in this year’s draft. This week we look at our projected eighth player (a pick owned by the Los Angeles Angels) in the 2024 MLB Draft. Hagen Smith, LHP, Arkansas.

Smith was a talented lefthander in high school who threw seven no-hitters during his senior season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Despite that dominance, he made it to campus at Arkansas where Smith has been an effectively wild starter with big stuff but dicey control.

Through two seasons Smith has posted a 4.17 ERA in 149 innings with a 30% strikeout rate and a 13.4% walk rate. Smith has a solid pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and now sits around 93 mph with a fastball that has touched 98. His best pitch is a slider in the 82-85 mph range that has hard-breaking action and potential.

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He also throws an upper-80s changeup that needs a bit more refinement. Smith has some effort and recoil in his delivery which creates some reliever risk, but he has some of the most electric arm talent from the left side in the class.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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