How did he get here?: Undrafted free agnet, signed June 2010
Stats: 6'0", 185 lbs, Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 22
Smith was a workhorse for Lamar University - where his 117.1IP ranks third on Lamar's single-season leaderboard.
He led the team in ERA with 1.59, which ranked 4th in the GCL among pitchers throwing in 15+ games. Smith was just an all-around effective reliever for the GCL, allowing earned runs in just two of his last ten appearances.
What went right?
Limiting runs. Smith gave up just six earned runs in 34IP, with a low number of walks, and BAA.
Runners on. The more clutch the situation, the better Smith responded. He allowed a .317 BAA with the bases empty, but just .183 w/runners on, and .180 w/RISP. This also includes a 0.86 WHIP w/runners on, and 0.93 WHIP r/RISP.
What went wrong?
Five of his six walks did come with runners on, and four were with runners in scoring position.
Not much else to complain about with Smith's 2010 season. Given his age (as with Paul's), I'd like to see him in Lexington to face older competition and see what he's made of.