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Will Smith | Relief Pitcher | #13

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Gulf Coast (FL) CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 7 (0) / LAA
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Brewers and LHP Will Smith avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.475 contract.
He nearly triples his salary from last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Smith, who posted a 2.70 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 63 1/3 innings, could be in the mix for saves in 2016 with K-Rod no longer around. Jan 15 - 11:47 AM

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that teams have asked the Brewers about Will Smith.

Haudricourt doubts that the Brewers will deal the reliever, but it's possible they'll be bowled over by an offer. Smith has a 1.80 ERA with 47 strikeouts over 35 innings this season and is under team control through 2019, so he wouldn't come cheaply.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 10:17:00 PM

Will Smith's suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm has been reduced from eight to six games.

Smith will begin serving the suspension Friday and will be back in the Brewers' bullpen next week. The Orioles' Brian Matusz received the same eight-game ban just after Smith and will also presumably get his reduced to six contests.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 02:23:00 PM

Will Smith has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game in Atlanta.

It seems like a pretty harsh ruling. Smith has officially appealed the suspension and might be able to get it reduced a bit. He will be allowed to continue pitching in the meantime.
Fri, May 22, 2015 01:30:00 PM

Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Braves for having a foreign substance on his right forearm.

Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez asked the umpires to check the left-handed reliever and it appears that they found something illegal on his arm that he was using to doctor the baseball. It's unclear what that substance may have been and what/if any punishment he may face from the league.
Thu, May 21, 2015 09:13:00 PM

Will Smith (back) is available out of the Brewers' bullpen Sunday.

Smith has dealt with a back issue in recent days but is past them now. He's struggled recently with nine runs allowed over his last five appearances.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Will Smith was unavailable for Friday's game against the Nationals due to back spasms.

Manager Ron Roenicke didn't sound overly concerned about the injury, so consider the hard-throwing southpaw day-to-day.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 10:59:00 PM

Will Smith struck out four of the five batters he faced Wednesday against the Orioles, lowering his ERA to 0.36.

Smith has allowed three runs -- one earned -- and struck out 36 in 25 1/3 innings. The strikeout total isn't a big surprise -- he fanned 43 in 33 1/3 innings last season -- but it is unexpected that he's gone this long without allowing a homer. He gave up six last year, and he's gone from playing half of his games in a bad park for homers in K.C. to a very good one in Milwaukee.
Wed, May 28, 2014 11:56:00 PM

Will Smith recorded a one-out save, his first of the year, against the Pirates on Sunday.

With one runner on and two outs, Smith was called on to face Pedro Alvarez with two outs. He needed just three pitches to fan the lefty. Through 6 1/3 innings this year, the southpaw has struck out nine while not allowing a run. He won't get many save opportunities, but Smith has emerged as a strong bullpen option for the Brewers this year.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Will Smith looked "incredible" during his last bullpen session.

There's no room for Smith the rotation following the Matt Garza signing, but that could be a good thing. The left-hander might have found a home in the bullpen last year with a 2.45 ERA and 38/6 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 relief frames for the Royals. Smith could be used to help set up for Jim Henderson.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 01:40:00 PM

Milwaukee's signing of Matt Garza enables the club to use left-hander Will Smith out of the bullpen, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Smith held opponents to a .558 OPS as a reliever in Kansas City last season. The Royals swapped him to the Brewers in December for Norichika Aoki. While Milwaukee at the time toyed with the idea of converting Smith back into a starting role, they now have no pressure to do so. Smith, 24, had a 3.24 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 43/7 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings last season. Rosenthal adds that the Brewers might add one more reliever, but might prefer that Rule 5 pick LHP Wei Chung-Wang win the last bullpen spot.
Source: Fox Sports
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 09:31:00 AM

Brewers acquired LHP Will Smith from the Royals for OF Norichika Aoki.

Smith was converted to the bullpen this past year in Kansas City and flourished in that role, but the Brewers seem likely to use him as a starter because Aoki was a highly-valuable trade chip -- not the type of guy you'd deal for a reliever. Smith, 24, had a 3.24 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 43/7 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings (mostly relief) this summer for the Royals. Milwaukee has badly needed talented young pitching.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 11:17:00 AM

Royals recalled LHP Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha.

He'll likely only be with the club for a couple days while Luke Hochevar is on paternity leave. Smith has posted a nice 3.27 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 23/3 K/BB ratio in 22 innings this season for the Royals.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Royals optioned LHP Will Smith to Triple-A Omaha.

Smith has posted a 3.27 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 23/3 K/BB ratio in 22 innings this season for Kansas City. The left-hander should be brought back in early September.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 04:45:00 PM

Royals recalled LHP Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha.

Smith owns a 3.26 ERA and 20/1 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings with the Royals this season. He'll provide some bullpen depth.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 04:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
3Manuel Pina
4Rene Garcia
1B1Chris Carter
2Andy Wilkins
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Colin Walsh
SS1Jonathan Villar
2Yadiel Rivera
3Orlando Arcia
4Jake Elmore
3B1Aaron Hill
2Will Middlebrooks
3Garin Cecchini
4Hernan Perez
LF1Khris Davis
2Domingo Santana
3Rymer Liriano
CF1Kirk Nieuwenhuis
2Keon Broxton
3Eric Young Jr.
4Alex Presley
RF1Ryan Braun
2Michael Reed
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Wily Peralta
3Matt Garza
4Taylor Jungmann
5Chase Anderson
6Zach Davies
7Tyler Cravy
8Ariel Pena
9Jorge Lopez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeremy Jeffress
2Will Smith
3Corey Knebel
4Michael Blazek
5Tyler Thornburg
6David Goforth
7Adrian Houser
8Yonathan Barrios
9Zach Jones
10Daniel Tillman
11Pat Misch
12Cesar Jimenez
13Hiram Burgos
14Chris Capuano