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Toronto drafts Dwight Smith Jr. with 53rd pick

Toronto drafts Dwight Smith Jr. with 53rd pick

Toronto drafts Dwight Smith Jr. with 53rd pick
KANSAS CITY -- Dwight Smith Jr. became the second high school outfielder selected by the Blue Jays in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft when the club opted to take him with the 53rd overall pick on Monday.

Smith is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound center fielder from McIntosh High School in Georgia. He is the son of Dwight Smith, who spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cubs, Angels, Orioles and Braves.

The 18-year-old has the ability to hit for a high average but his power potential is still unknown.

Smith likely will have to make the transition to a corner-outfield position because speed is not considered one of his best tools. He was hampered by a minor leg issue this season, but that is not expected to be a concern.

Toronto was granted the No. 53 pick as compensation after Type B free agent right-hander Kevin Gregg signed with the Orioles during the offseason. It was the third of four selections the Blue Jays had in the compensation round, which is between the first and second rounds of the Draft.

Earlier in the Draft, Toronto selected right-hander Tyler Beede (No. 21), outfielder Jacob Anderson (No. 35) and right-hander Joe Musgrove (No. 46).

Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET Tuesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 2 and 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player.

You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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