27-Year-Old Pitcher – Tampa Bay Rays
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After a pair of DL stints and just 66.2 innings pitched in 2015, Smyly is officially an injury risk who is more potential than performance at this point. He has spent some time in the bullpen so we ca...
Drew Smyly Contract Information:
Won his arbitration case with the Rays in January 2016, securing a $3.75 million salary for the 2016 season.
Smyly is a candidate to be moved this offseason from a Rays team looking to cut salary, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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|2014 (Multiple Teams)||25||MAJ||DET/TB||28||25||1||153.0||136||55||18||133||42||9||10||0||0||1||3.24||1.16|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Drew Smyly||3-Year Averages||34||12||0||98.6||85||32||11||97||26||6||4||0||1||7||2.92||1.13|
|Career (View All)||156||85||1||570.3||523||237||77||552||161||31||27||2||–||–||3.74||1.20|
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
2 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.5 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
4 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.1 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
10 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.8 IP/G
Drew Smyly Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|2014 (Multiple Teams)||25||MAJ||DET/TB||28||25||153.0||7.82||2.47||3.17||1.06||0.88||76.9%||89.9 MPH||3.24||3.84||.283|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Drew Smyly||3-Year Averages||34||12||98.6||8.86||2.37||3.73||1.00||–||79%||–||2.92||3.47||.290|
2016 Stat Review for Drew Smyly As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsAndriese, Matt (P)
AAAArencibia, J.P. (C)
AAAcosta, Mayobanex (C)
A+Ciuffo, Nick (C)
ABurke, Brock (P)
Drew Smyly: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
At the trade deadline, Smyly was 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and had struck out 20 percent of the batters he faced. He was then shipped to Tampa Bay as part of the David Price deal and things took a different course. He made seven starts for the Rays and posted a 1.70 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and struck out 25 percent of the batters he faced. The amazing part is the Rays barely made a tweak to his mechanics as they typically do not like doing many changes during a season. Smyly increased the strikeouts with sequencing more than a new pitch, and there is a very good chance the team teaches him a changeup this offseason as every pitcher within the organization is encouraged to throw the pitch. There is some concern with Smyly since his innings total jumped from 76 to 153 last season, which is why the team shut him down in early September. He will not come at a discount in 2015.
After working as a starting pitcher and reliever for Detroit in 2012, Smyly was moved to a full-time role in the bullpen last season. The 25-year-old lefty excelled in his new role, finishing 6-0 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 63 appearances. He improved both his strikeout rate (9.6 K/9), walk rate (2.0 BB/9) and limited the long ball (0.5 HR/9). The young southpaw was lights-out against left-handed hitters (.189 BAA), but he also limited right-handed hitters to a .242/.374/.293 line, proving that he’s far more than a situational pitcher. Originally a starter, Smyly has a steady five-pitch arsenal at his disposal. His fastball usually sits in the 90-92 mph range. He also mixes in a curveball with plus-pitch upside, a cutter and a changeup that needs some work. While none of his pitches are dominant, Smyly does a great job locating and keeping hitters off balance. The Tigers traded Doug Fister to the Nationals in December, opening the door for Smyly to take a permanent spot in the rotation and making him an excellent sleeper for 2014.
Smyly was an early-season surprise in 2012, as he earned the No. 5 spot in the rotation out of spring training. The 23-year-old lefty got off to a great start in April, posting a 1.23 ERA and 22:8 K:BB in 22 innings, but his performance dropped off in May and he eventually lost a spot in the rotation when Detroit acquired Anibal Sanchez in a midseason deal. Despite the up-and-down season, there was plenty to like with Smyly. He aptly mixed in a low-90s fastball with an effective slider to post a 3.99 ERA while striking out nearly one hitter per inning (8.5 K/9). The big question mark with Smyly is whether or not he can earn a spot in the Opening Day rotation again. With the Tigers' decision to re-sign Sanchez, Smyly will be left battling out for a rotation spot with Rick Porcello, who would likely hold the edge. Keep a close eye on Smyly's competition this spring, as he could be a decent rotation filler for mid-sized leagues.
Selected in the second round by the Tigers in 2010, Smyly has quickly moved up the team’s prospect list. He impressed during his first season in the minors, going 11-6 with a 2.07 ERA and 130:36 K:BB ratio while splitting time between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. The 22-year-old southpaw’s two best pitches are a sinking 89-92 mph fastball and a mid-80s cutter. He also mixes in a curveball and change-up but needs to refine both pitches. Unless the Tigers go out and sign a proven veteran prior to spring training, Smyly is expected to compete with fellow prospects Jacob Turner, Duane Below and Andy Oliver for the final spot in the rotation. Despite being named as part of the competition, Smyly is a long shot to earn a place on the Opening Day roster, but he could see his first cup of coffee in the big leagues in 2012 if he shows continued success in the upper levels of the minors. He’s worth keeping an eye on in keeper leagues.