The Yankees drafted outfielder Canaan Smith with the 122nd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 draft out of Rockwall-Heath High School in Texas.
Prior to being drafted 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. This past high school season was pitched around at a Barry Bonds level after leading his team with nine doubles, four triples, and four home runs.
He was committed to play for the University of Arkansas before the draft but opted to sign with the Yankees instead.
In his first professional season, Smith was impressive, hitting .289/.430/.422 over 57 games in the Gulf Coast League. With the GCL Yankees East, he hit 10 doubles and five home runs while driving in 28 runs. His best game came on August 11 when he was 4-for-5 with 5 RBIs, a walk and one run scored.