Age: 18, April 30, 1999
New York Yankees Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer, Selected Canaan Smith with the 122nd overall selection in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Smith is drafted as an outfielder out of Rockwall-Heath High School in Texas but has also played as a catcher and first baseman in high school. He is committed to play baseball at the University of Arkansas next season, should he elect not to sign with New York.
Earlier this season, USA Today – High School Sports wrote an article on how he was pitched around this season at a Barry Bonds level. Which is not surprising given that he led his team this past year with nine doubles, four triples and four homeruns.
Prior to the draft he was ranked as the 58th best outfielder in the draft according to Baseball America and Perfect Game listed him as the 24th best player in the state of Texas. He has shown good plate discipline in games, not chasing pitchers that are out of the zone. He shows elite bat speed and is a power threat.
In 2016, he played on the Yankees Texas Scout Team in the WWBA World Championship.