BOISE -- Rocky Mountain outfielder Mason Smith was select with 118th overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres on Friday.
Smith worked out for the organization at Petco Park last Saturday. The 18-year-old impressed by hitting seven pitches over the wall during batting practice, including one into the upperdeck of the Western Metal Building Co. in left field.
On Wednesday, Smith told me he preferred to "stay on the West Coast" and listed San Diego as one of the five teams he preferred to go to.
According to BaseballReference.com, Smith is the 10th highest player drafted straight out of high school is state history and the fourth highest position player. Meridian High's Shon Ashley (No.55 to the Brewers in 1985), Vallivue's Michael Lehman (No. 71 to the Orioles in 1986), and Capital's Nick Marchant (No. 116 to the Phillies in 1997) are the only Idaho prep position players selected higher.
Although he is committed to play college baseball for the University of Utah, Smith confirmed he will turn pro moments after his name was announced at the draft. It sounds like a deal is close to being finish and Smith and the Padres could make it official as early as Sunday.
Smith was ranked by ESPN analyst Keith Law as the 61st best available prospect, while Baseball America had him a No. 101.
Click the play icon above to watch Smith working out with the Padres.