Pavin Smith named to Top 100 Prospects list

First baseman lone D-backs representative in rankings

July 26th, 2017

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have one player on MLB Pipeline's 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, which was updated to reflect midseason changes on Tuesday.

Pavin Smith, a 21-year-old, left-handed-hitting first baseman who the D-backs took with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, ranks No. 75 on the list. Arizona ranks 26th out of 30 teams in the MLB Pipeline's Prospect Points ranking.

Midseason Top 100 Prospects list | D-backs' Top 30

The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done by Draft and prospect experts Jonathan MayoJim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status are eligible for the list. Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.

Smith entered Tuesday hitting .359/.431/.456 with eight doubles and 11 RBIs in 26 games for Class A Hillsboro this season. He is the sixth-highest ranked prospect from the 2017 Draft; Cincinnati's Hunter Greene is the top ranked 2017 selection at No. 21.

Jon Duplantier, a 23 year-old right-handed pitcher who was taken by the D-backs in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Rice University, was one of the biggest risers on Arizona's Top 30 prospects list.

Duplantier, who pitched in the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, jumped from the No. 8 spot to No. 2.