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Will Smith | Relief Pitcher | #13

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 265
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Gulf Coast (FL) CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 7 (0) / LAA
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Giants and LHP Will Smith avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Smith put up a 3.35 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 relief innings for the Brewers and Giants last season. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time. Jan 13 - 4:10 PM

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Giants acquired LHP Will Smith from the Brewers for RHP Phil Bickford and C Andrew Susac.

It's a high price -- Bickford was considered the Giants' best pitching prospect -- but that has been a theme for elite-level relief arms leading up to the August 1 trade deadline. Smith was sporting a 3.68 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 22/9 K/BB ratio in 22 innings since returning in June from a torn LCL. He had a 2.70 ERA in 63 1/3 innings last year. As a Super Two qualifier, the 27-year-old southpaw carries three more seasons of arbitration eligibility.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Will Smith has been traded to the Giants, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Milwaukee will receive catcher Andrew Susac and pitching prospect Phil Bickford in return. Smith, a 27-year-old lefty reliever, has registered a 3.68 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 22/9 K/BB ratio in 22 innings since returning in June from a torn LCL. He had a 2.70 ERA in 63 1/3 innings last year. Smith carries three more years of arbitration eligibility.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 02:28:00 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Giants have scouted Brewers relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress in their ongoing search for bullpen help.

Crasnick says the Giants are also showing interest in Phillies relievers Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez. San Francisco has been tied to Yankees stars Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, but the feeling is the Cubs and Nationals match up better there. Smith, 27, boasts a 2.12 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 17 innings since returning from a torn LCL in early June. He is under club control through 2019. Jeffress, 28, has a 2.29 ERA and 23 saves in 24 attempts as a first-year closer.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 09:23:00 AM

According to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, the Rangers have discussed reliever Will Smith and catcher Jonathan Lucroy with the Brewers.

We had already heard the Lucroy interest, but Smith feels like a new target for Texas. The left-handed reliever has been excellent since returning from knee surgery in June, boasting a 2.12 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 15 strikeouts in 17 innings. For his career, Smith has held left-handed batters to a .241/.301/.390 slash line. He is making $1.475 million this year and will remain under contractual control through 2019.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 03:17:00 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell indicated Wednesday that Will Smith could soon see save chances.

Counsell told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he will feel just as comfortable using Smith at closer as he does Jeffress once Smith is able to get his feet under him. The left-hander was activated from the disabled list late Tuesday night after missing the first eight weeks of the 2016 season because of a torn LCL in his right knee. Jeffress has been very good in the ninth inning for the Brewers, but Smith is definitely worth a stash in mixed leagues. The two were supposed to battle for the job this spring before Smith got injured.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 12:49:00 PM

Brewers activated LHP Will Smith from the 15-day disabled list.

Smith will join the Milwaukee bullpen on Wednesday after missing the first two months of the season with a torn LCL in his right knee. He was in a battle for closer duties with Jeremy Jeffress leading into spring training and that makes him a worthy speculative stash in deep fantasy leagues, though Jeffress has pitched very well. Smith allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out five during his four-inning minor league rehab assignment. He had a 2.70 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings last year.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 12:22:00 AM

Will Smith (knee) is expected to be activated Thursday.

Smith joined back up with the Brewers on Monday in Milwaukee after making three minor league rehab appearances between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi. He'll throw a simulated game Monday before taking a couple days of rest. The lefty reliever has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training with a torn LCL in his right knee.
Mon, May 30, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Will Smith (knee) is expected to make back-to-back appearances with Triple-A Colorado Springs before being activated from the disabled list.

He's already made two scoreless appearances for High-A Brevard County, striking out four over three innings. It's looking like Smith could be activated early next week if he can get a couple games under his belt over the weekend. Working his way back from an LCL tear in his right knee, Smith isn't a bad roster stash for those mining for saves.
Fri, May 27, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Will Smith (knee) will join High-A Brevard County to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Smith suffered a torn LCL in his right knee late in spring training, losing out on an opportunity to open the 2016 season as the Brewers' closer. Jeremy Jeffress took that job and has run away with it, boasting a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings and 11 saves in 12 attempts. Smith, who had a 2.70 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings last year, still makes for a decent stash in fantasy leagues with deeper rosters.
Mon, May 23, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Saturday that Will Smith (knee) is ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment.

Counsell said they would have a plan for him in place on Sunday. The left-hander, who was expected to begin the season as the club's closer, is working his way back from a torn right LCL. Barring any setbacks, he could be looking at a return to the Brewers bullpen at some point in early-to-mid June.
Sat, May 21, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Will Smith (knee) is scheduled to throw an extended 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

Smith made it through a 35-pitch session Sunday without issue and participated in pitchers fielding practice on Tuesday. The lefty reliever is making his way back from a torn right LCL. He should be an option for the Brewers' relief corps around early June.
Tue, May 17, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Will Smith (knee) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session at 100 percent intensity on Sunday.

Smith's first bullpen session Friday was 25 pitches and at around 60-70 percent intensity. The reliever is feeling good as he works his way back from a torn LCL in his right knee and he should be cleared for a rehab assignment soon.
Sun, May 15, 2016 12:11:00 PM

Will Smith (knee) said Friday's 25-pitch bullpen session "went well."

"It went well," Smith said. "Started off maybe 60-70% to begin with and then once I got a sweat going we kind of opened it up. Everything was there. Command was just a little off, which I assumed would happen. But I’d say my last 4-5 were really good. I feel like my last 4-5 pitches could have been thrown in a major-league baseball game. But the hitters will let me know that when I get back out there." As long as his knee responds positively to the session, Smith could throw another bullpen Sunday before possibly shipping out for a rehab assignment. A return by the end of the month isn't out of the realm of possibilities.
Sat, May 14, 2016 11:24:00 AM

Will Smith (knee) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

It will be his first time throwing from a mound since he suffered a torn LCL in his right knee during spring training. The hope is that Smith will be able to go through a throwing program without any setbacks and avoid surgery on the knee. However, any bump in the road likely would be an operation. With Jeremy Jeffress pitching well, Smith figures to return in a setup role if he does make it back.
Fri, May 13, 2016 09:47:00 AM