Greg Smith (pitcher)
Smith with the Colorado Rockies
December 22, 1983 |
|April 9, 2008 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2010 season)
|Earned run average||4.51|
Gregory Thomas Smith (born December 22, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies.
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.
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.
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.
New York Yankees
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. He was released by the Yankees after posting an ERA of 4.84 in 13 games.
Boston Red Sox
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
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.
Toronto Blue Jays
Smith never reported to the Blue Jays AAA system Buffalo Bisons.
Smith was moved to the bullpen for the first time in his career.
On July 26, Smith threw a season high 101 pitches en route to a win. He improved his record to 5-1 in AAA.
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.
He finished the season 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 23 games for the Iron Pigs.
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.
- Rockies, A's complete Holliday deal
- Polishuk, Mark. "Yankees Sign Greg Smith, Cory Wade". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011.