Tanner Smith is getting exposure on some big stages this fall.

The Washington Community High School junior pitcher is a member of the Cincinnati Reds Midwest Scout team.

Tanner Smith is getting exposure on some big stages this fall.

The Washington Community High School junior pitcher is a member of the Cincinnati Reds Midwest Scout team.

The ball club is midway through its season, which ends in late October with a tournament in Jupiter, Fla.

Smith was first scouted while pitching for the Washington American Legion Post 100 baseball team July 12 against Morton.

He was watched again a week later in the 16th District championship game before getting the official invitation to play July 29.

“I had no idea,” said Smith about the forthcoming opportunity. “The phone call was pretty exciting.”

The Reds Midwest Scout team began its fall season Aug. 25 in Iowa City, Iowa, at the University of Iowa, and also has played at the University of Notre Dame and locally at O’Brien Field.

The squad, made up of players from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota, was hand-picked by the Reds’ Midwest Scouting Supervisor, Andy Stack.

“I feel like it’s a great opportunity to really get my name out there and get noticed by colleges,” Smith said.

Stack was impressed with how hard Smith threw.

Smith is one of two juniors on the team, which plays almost every weekend.

Washington single-season batting average record holder Mason McCoy and Spencer Gaa of Metamora also are on the prospect team.

At every site, there are scores of scouts and college recruiters. The aim is to get even exposure for all the athletes on the squad.

Players get attention. Last year’s team had four drafted out of high school.

More than half of the fall 2012 club has committed to a Division-I baseball program.

Smith admitted to being nervous the first game, but said he now is more relaxed and feels comfortable on the mound .

A player since the age of 6 or 7, Smith said, “I’d love to go as far as I can” in the game of baseball.

In his time with the Midwest Scout team, Smith said he realized he needs to work on his control and learn another pitch.

The capstone event, Oct. 26-28 in Florida, presents a sea of opportunity. Teams that advance continue playing for two more days.