What is the Burch Smith Society, you ask? ‘Tis a clever play on words offered up by Nate of the Vocal Minority for the first Padres Public post on Burch Smith since his call up from Double-A San Antonio.
Here’s my effort to put a little something extra behind the name, though.
The Burch Smith Society is a collection of fans who desire to see youth served. The BSS would prefer to see talented individuals who are recognized as the future of the organization playing now rather than washed-up re-treads who require hyphens to describe their inadequacies. If the Padres are going to float along accidental-like on the wind, then let’s do it with the promise of tomorrow. Burch Smith represents tomorrow and I’m excited that he’ll be making his MLB debut on Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Does that work? It is neither here nor there. Here are some encouraging words about Burch Smith . . .
In his spring training and early season notes Padres Prospects said the following about 23 year-old Burch Smith just last week:
Smith has been nothing short of fantastic in his Double-A debut, striking out 10.73 batters per nine innings and walking just 1.38. While he continues to pitch up in the zone, Smith has only allowed one home run in 26 innings of work.
Sounds good to me. Click the link for additional feel-goods about Smith and other Padres prospects.
Yesterday, Padres MLB beat-writer Corey Brock wrote about Burch Smith’s promotion and included some analysis from Randy Smith, the Padres vice president of player development and international scouting. Here’s a snippet of Randy Smith’s quote:
“One of the many things that stands out about Burch is he is a power pitcher with control. His stuff produces high strikeouts with low walks and hits.”
There’s more background and commentary from Randy Smith if you’re inclined to have a more rich and vibrant picture of the young pitcher. Personally I’m just a speed and command whore and knowing that he’ll be pitching on Saturday is good enough for me!
Here’s to Saturday and youth being served.
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