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Randy Smith on the 2012 Eugene Emeralds

Lefty Chris Nunn was a solid late round pick

We caught up with Randy Smith, the Padres' Director of Player Development and International Scouting from his headquarters in Peoria, Arizona for the second segment of our six part interview on the top prospects in the system.

This week we take a look at the Eugene Emeralds who just missed the playoffs but featured one of their better pitching staffs in the system. Justin Hancock had a great year in Eugene after struggling in Fort Wayne and the AZL last year. What do you think caused him to turn this around? Randy Smith: Mainly he just threw more strikes. He has a plus fastball and he is still developing a comfort...

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