Greg Smith (pitcher)

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Greg Smith
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With the Colorado Rockies
Philadelphia Phillies
Pitcher
Born: (1983-12-22) December 22, 1983 (age 30)
Alexandria, Louisiana
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 9, 2008 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2010 season)
Win–loss record 8–18
Earned run average 4.51
Strikeouts 142
Teams

Gregory Thomas Smith (born December 22, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies.

Baseball career[edit]

Smith during his time with the A's.

Smith attended Louisiana State University, where he played for the LSU Tigers baseball team. Smith was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth round in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On December 14, 2007, Smith was traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Carlos González, Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, and Chris Carter for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson. Smith made his first major league start on April 9, 2008, pitching six innings and allowing two earned runs, and earned a no decision.

In the 2008 season, he led the majors in pickoffs with 15, tying the Major League record since the stat was first tracked in 1987.[1][3]

Smith would wind up finishing the season with a 7-16 record in 32 starts for the A's. He threw 190.1 innings while throwing 2 complete games.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On November 12, 2008, Smith was traded with Huston Street and Carlos González to the Colorado Rockies for Matt Holliday.[2]

Smith missed the first half of the season due to injury and never made it to the major league club during the year. He only pitched in 11 games between A ball and AAA in the Rockies system.

In 2010, Smith made the club out of spring training. He recorded his first win as a Rockie against the Mets on April 14, pitching 7 innings of 2 run ball. He also drove in 2 runs.

Smith would make 6 more starts for the Rockies before being demoted to Triple A. Smith wound up finishing with a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 6.23 in 39 innings. He also issued 24 walks with 31 strikeouts.

On April 4, 2011, following spring training, Smith was officially released by the Colorado Rockies organization.[3][4]

Minor Leagues[edit]

New York Yankees[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on June 13, 2011. He was assigned to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.[5] He was released by the Yankees after posting an ERA of 4.84 in 13 games.[6]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Smith signed with the Boston Red Sox, and was assigned to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.[7]

Between the Yankees and Red Sox Triple A system, Smith compiled a 5-4 record with a 4.52 ERA in 17 games.

Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim[edit]

Smith signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on February 3, 2012. Despite posting an 11-11 record and having better control throughout the season, Smith never got called up by the Angels.[8]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On December 11, 2012, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Smith had been signed to a minor league contract.[9]

Smith never reported to the Blue Jays AAA system Buffalo Bisons.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On May 6, 2013, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that Smith signed to a minor league contract.[10]

Smith was moved to the bullpen for the first time in his career.[11]

On July 26, Smith threw a season high 101 pitches en route to a win. He improved his record to 5-1 in AAA.[12]

Smith won July Honors for the Valley Pigs, going 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 5 starts improving his record to 7-2 for the Phillies Triple-A system.[13]

He finished the season 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 23 games for the Iron Pigs.

Scouting report[edit]

Smith is a changeup specialist, relying more on off speed pitches and deception rather than velocity. His fastball tops out between 86-88 MPH and he also throws a curveball.[14]

One knock on Smith throughout his career has been the walks per nine innings, as he has amassed more than four walks per nine innings.[15]

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