BOSTON -- Myles Smith began his college career as a shortstop at Missouri, but he quickly realized that if he was going to have a professional career, it was going to be on the mound.
The Boston Red Sox rewarded the position change Friday when they selected Smith with the 113th selection in the fourth round of the First-Year Player Draft.
The Mets took Smith in the 16th round last year, but he chose to return to the collegiate ranks.
The right-hander transferred to Miami Dade College in 2012 and moved on to Lee, an NAIA power for the previous season. With a fastball that can touch 97 mph and a solid changeup, Smith dominated at Lee, but to make it to the big leagues, he will need to improve his command.
"I think command is a big thing for him," said Mark Brew, the head baseball coach at Lee. "His arm has grown meaning how much velocity he's gained in it so quickly that I almost think his command and his body hasn't caught up to it yet."
Smith is listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds and his slight frame and erratic breaking ball may push him back to the bullpen as a professional. Brew thinks Smith has the ability to start professionally, but will need to adjust to the higher level of competition.
"On our level he just overwhelmed people with his ability and you know at that level that's not going to be the case," said Brew. "He's going to need that command and that ability to locate his fastball."
Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less