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Alumni Update: Smoyer ('13) Named Top Prospect in Northwoods

By Chris Valentine, 08/27/14, 1:30PM EDT


Rising sophomore at Notre Dame w/strong summer

Ryan Smoyer, a right-handed pitcher from Otsego HS and current member of the Notre Dame pitching staff, was recently named the top prospect from the Northwoods League, widely regarded as one of the top collegiate summer baseball leagues. The scouting report noted:

Almost every coach mentioned Smoyer, and for good reason. He has excellent control of multiple pitches, including a lethal curveball- rated by managers as the league’s best- a slider, and a changeup. His pinpoint control saw him hold  opposing hitters to a .217 mark while posting a 2.01 ERA over 80.2 innings. And earning co-top pitcher honors. Smoyer isn’t a strikeout pitcher- just 43- but he pitches to contact and gets hitters out routinely. His fastball isn’t overpowering, sitting in the high-80s to low-90s but he has great control of his three off speed pitches that make him truly one of the toughest pitchers to face and practically unhittable. He only threw 19 innings as a freshman out of the bullpen for the Fighting Irish, but after enjoying an impressive summer campaign, expect him to be a crucial part of the rotation, which is graduating ace Sean Fitzgerald. 

To view the complete list, which includes Zach Ratcliff (2012/OSU) at No. 96, click here.