Drew Smith
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Smith with the Mets in 2018
New York Mets – No. 62
Pitcher
Born: (1993-09-24) September 24, 1993 (age 28)
Fort Worth, Texas
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 23, 2018, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through April 29, 2022)
Win–loss record4–3
Earned-run average2.84
Strikeouts79
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Andrew David Smith (born September 24, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Amateur career

Smith graduated from Crowley High School in Crowley, Texas in 2012. In 2011, as a junior at Crowley, he was 10-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 85 innings.[1] Undrafted out of high school in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, he enrolled at Dallas Baptist University where he played college baseball for the Dallas Baptist Patriots. As a junior at Dallas Baptist in 2015, Smith compiled a 3-2 record and 3.97 ERA in 25 appearances for the Patriots.[2]

Professional career

Detroit Tigers

Smith was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.[3] He signed with Detroit for $575,800[4] and was assigned to the GCL Tigers. After one appearance in the GCL, Smith was promoted to the Connecticut Tigers. He was promoted to the West Michigan Whitecaps in August and he finished the season there. In 31 relief innings pitched between the three clubs, Smith was 3-0 with a 0.29 ERA. In 2016, he returned to West Michigan and spent the whole season there, going 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 35 relief appearances.[5] He began 2017 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Tampa Bay Rays

On April 28, 2017, Smith was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named later in the Mikie Mahtook trade.[6] Tampa Bay assigned him to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He was promoted to the Durham Bulls for one game in early July before returning to Charlotte. On July 18, he was promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits.

New York Mets

On July 27, 2017, Smith was traded to the New York Mets in exchange for Lucas Duda.[7] The Mets assigned him to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and he finished the season there. In 42 relief appearances between Lakeland, Charlotte, Durham, Montgomery, and Binghamton, Smith pitched to a 4-4 record with a 1.65 ERA and 0.90 WHIP.[8] He began 2018 with Binghamton and was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s after two games.

Smith was promoted to the major leagues by the Mets on June 22, 2018.[9] He made his major league debut the next night at Citi Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching one scoreless inning in relief as the Dodgers defeated New York 8-3. He finished his 2018 season with the Mets, going 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 27 relief appearances. Smith underwent Tommy John surgery during 2019 spring training, forcing him to miss the year.[10]

Smith returned to game action in 2020, appearing in eight games for the Mets, registering a 6.43 ERA with seven strikeouts in as many innings pitched.[11] In 2021, although he missed time due to injury, Smith still made thirty relief appearances for the Mets, going 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 41+13 innings.[12]

On April 29, 2022, Smith pitched in relief in a combined no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies, pitching 1+13 innings.[13]

References

  1. ^ "DBU Baseball Announces Signings of National Letters of Intent". MyDuncanville.com.com. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "Connecticut Tigers fell just short of a playoff appearance in 2015". Bless You Boys. 12 October 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Tigers draft reliever Smith to start Day 2". MLB.com. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "Detroit Tigers sign third-round draft pick Drew Smith; 21 picks remain unsigned (updated list)". MLive.com. 19 June 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Welcome to New York, Drew Smith". Mets Merized Online. 28 July 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Tigers send minor league pitcher Drew Smith to Rays to complete trade". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  7. ^ Wagner, James (27 July 2017). "Lucas Duda Traded to Rays for Reliever Drew Smith". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "Drew Smith Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "Mets DFA Robles, Move Ramos to 60-Day DL". 22 June 2018. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  10. ^ "Reliever Smith requires Tommy John surgery". MLB.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  11. ^ "Mets reliever Drew Smith is the lone bright spot from the 2017 fire sale".
  12. ^ "Drew Smith had a good season bookended by bad injury luck". 25 October 2021.
  13. ^ DiComo, Anthony (April 29, 2022). "Mets toss '22's first no-no, down Phillies". MLB.com. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
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