Drew Smyly

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Drew Smyly
Drew Smyly on May 6, 2012.jpg
Detroit Tigers – No. 33
Pitcher
Born: (1989-06-13) June 13, 1989 (age 25)
Maumelle, Arkansas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 12, 2012 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
(through July 20, 2014)
Win–loss record 16–11
Earned run average 3.47
Strikeouts 251
Teams

Todd Andrew "Drew" Smyly (born June 13, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to his professional career, he played college baseball at the University of Arkansas. He was drafted by the Tigers in 2010 and made his major league debut in 2012. Smyly has also competed for the United States national baseball team, winning the silver medal in the 2011 Pan American Games.

College career[edit]

Smyly attended Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas and the University of Arkansas, where he played college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Smyly came within two outs of pitching the first no-hitter at the NCAA Division I championship tournament in eighteen years.[1]

Smyly pitching for the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team

During the summer following his strong 2009 season, Smyly pitched for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League where he played for a brief time under current New York Mets Manager Terry Collins. Serving in the Razorbacks starting rotation, Smyly was named All-SEC in 2010.[2]

Professional career[edit]

The Detroit Tigers drafted Smyly in the second round (68th overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft.[3] Smyly signed with the Tigers, receiving a $1.1 million signing bonus.[4] Pitching for the Lakeland Tigers of the Class-A Advanced Florida State League and the Erie Seawolves of the Class-AA Eastern League, Smyly was the named Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011, pitching to an 11–6 win–loss record with a 2.07 earned run average (ERA) and 130 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched.[5][6]

2012 season[edit]

Heading into the 2012 season, MLB.com ranked Smyly the 82nd best prospect in baseball,[7] while Baseball America ranked Smyly the third best prospect in the Tigers organization, behind Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos.[8] The Tigers invited Smyly to spring training in 2012, allowing him to compete for a spot in the Tigers starting rotation.[9] Smyly won the competition, beginning the 2012 season in the starting rotation of the Detroit Tigers, though he made one start with the Toledo Mud Hens of the Class-AAA International League on April 7 prior to being called up for his MLB debut on April 12.[5] On June 14, he was placed on the disabled list (retroactive to June 11) due to a blister on his left hand.[10] He returned June 26 to make a start against the Texas Rangers. Following the Tigers trade deadline acquisition of starter Aníbal Sánchez from the Miami Marlins, Smyly spent much of August and September coming out of the Tigers bullpen.

On the season, Drew pitched 9913 innings, compiling a 4–3 record with 94 strikeouts, 33 walks and a 3.99 ERA. He was named to the Tigers postseason roster.

Smyly was the winning pitcher in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS against the New York Yankees, pitching the final two innings of the Tigers extra-innings win.[11]

2013 season[edit]

Smyly competed with Rick Porcello in spring training for the fifth spot in the Tigers 2013 starting rotation. On March 26, it was announced that Porcello had won the No. 5 starter job, and that Smyly would start the season in the Tiger bullpen.[12] On April 5, 2013, Smyly got his first career save after pitching four perfect innings of relief in an 8–3 win over the Yankees. In his first full season as a reliever, Smyly posted a 6–0 record with a 2.37 ERA. He led all Tigers relievers in innings pitched (76) and strikouts (81).

2014 season[edit]

With the departure of Tigers starter Doug Fister via trade, Drew was named the No. 5 starter in the Tigers rotation for the 2014 season. Because of off days, he pitched six innings out of the bullpen before making his season debut as a starter on April 18.[13] Drew pitched seven shutout innings to earn the win in a May 3 game against the Kansas City Royals. This marked his first win as a starter since July 6, 2012, which also came against Kansas City.[14]

International career[edit]

Drew Smyly
Medal record
Men's baseball
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver 2011 Guadalajara National team

After the 2011 season, Smyly pitched for the U.S. national baseball team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup and the 2011 Pan American Games,[15] winning the silver medal.[16]

Pitching style[edit]

Smyly throws four pitches. His main pitch is a four-seam fastball at 90–93 mph which occasionally can touch 95 mph. He adds a slurve (combination of a slider/curveball), throwing it at 78–82. He has a cut fastball around 85–88, which has drawn praise for its late, darting-like movement into right-handed hitters and away from lefties. Since rejoining the starting rotation in 2014, Drew has re-added a changeup in the 79–82 mph range that he throws almost exclusively to right-handed hitters.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heck, David. "Smyly holds Cubs hitless for seven". Milb.com. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "HOG CALLS Baxendale great as starter and finisher". NWAonline. May 23, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Neiswanger, Robbie. "With Draft Over, Razorbacks Ready For ASU". Arkansas News. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Kornacki, Steve (August 17, 2010). "Tigers sign top three June draft picks Nick Castellanos, Chance Ruffin and Drew Smyly". Mlive.com. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Beck, Jason (April 1, 2012). "Smyly, Marte make Opening Day roster". MLB.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ Iott, Chris (September 14, 2011). "Tigers prospects Nick Castellanos, Drew Smyly earn postseason honors". Mlive.com. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2012 Prospect Watch | MLB.com: Prospects". Mlb.mlb.com. June 19, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ Badler, Ben (January 19, 2012). "Prospects: Rankings: Organization Top 10 Prospects: 2012 Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ Lowe, John (March 22, 2012). "Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly faces major opportunity today". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved May 8, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ "Transactions". MLB.com. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tigers 6, Yankees 4". MLB.com. October 13, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Porcello beats out Smyly for Tigers' rotation spot". cbssports.com. March 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Pujols belts 497th homer as Angels take down Tigers". cbssports.com. April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Tigers 9, Royals 2". cbssports.com. May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Former Razorback Drew Smyly PIcked To Pitch For Team USA". Arkansassports360.com. September 15, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ Emrich, Robert (October 26, 2011). "Van Ostrand, Canada take Pan Am gold". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Drew Smyly". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 

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