Mike Smith (2000s pitcher)
September 19, 1977 |
|April 26, 2002, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 6, 2006, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||7.04|
Michael Anthony Smith (born September 19, 1977) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB), and the Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
Smith was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the 2000 amateur draft at the end of his college career at the University of Richmond. He played in 14 games for the Blue Jays in 2002, starting six and posting an earned run average of 6.62. The Minnesota Twins acquired Smith from the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2005-2006 offseason, but he was not on the Twins' 40-man roster. However, inconsistent pitching from Scott Baker and Boof Bonser and shoulder problems for Brad Radke prompted the Twins to call him up to the major leagues on August 2, 2006.
Smith signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League for the 2009 season, but left to pitch in Asia. He plays for the Brother Elephants team in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
For the 2010 season, Mike played for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am. He led the Cam-Am in wins and ERA, going 12-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 125.1 innings. He was named to the Cam-Am All-Star Team, along with teammates Melvin Falu, Mike Wlodarczyk, and Chris Grossman. The four Rox players were the most named to the All-Star team out of any other team in the Can-Am.