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Will Smith | Relief Pitcher | #13

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
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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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. Jul 20 - 9:23 AM

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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.
Jul 15 - 3:17 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.
Jun 1 - 12:49 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.
Jun 1 - 12:22 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.
May 30 - 12:20 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.
May 27 - 12:19 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.
May 23 - 9:22 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.
May 21 - 3:07 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.
May 17 - 5:57 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.
May 15 - 12:11 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.
May 14 - 11:24 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.
May 13 - 9:47 AM

Will Smith said Friday that he doesn't expect to need surgery to repair a torn LCL in his right knee.

Smith was shut down for six weeks to see how the knee responded, and he's evidently feeling good. There remains no timetable for his return, but it sounds as if he'll pitch this season. Jeremy Jeffress has converted all seven of his save chances and is a good bet to remain in the closer role even after Smith returns, whenever that will be.
May 6 - 4:11 PM

Will Smith (knee) will ramp up his activity next week.

It's been nearly six weeks since he tore his right LCL. Smith will meet with doctors soon to decide if he'll require surgery, which would sideline him for the rest of the year. He was expected to compete with Jeremy Jeffress for closer duties this season but now Jeffress has the gig all to himself.
Apr 30 - 8:13 PM

Brewers placed RHP Will Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a torn LCL in his right knee.

Well at least it isn't the 60-day DL. Smith is hoping to avoid surgery but only time will tell if that's realistic. Smith was expected to share the closer role with Jeremy Jeffress but now Jeffress has the job all to himself.
Apr 2 - 11:38 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
1B1Chris Carter
2Andy Wilkins
2B1Scooter Gennett
SS1Jonathan Villar
2Jake Elmore
3B1Hernan Perez
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Ryan Braun
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Kirk Nieuwenhuis
2Ramon Flores
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Matt Garza
3Junior Guerra
4Chase Anderson
5Zach Davies
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeremy Jeffress
2Will Smith
3Tyler Thornburg
4Corey Knebel
5Blaine Boyer
6Carlos Torres
7Jacob Barnes
8Jhan Marinez
9Sean Nolin
10Chris Capuano
11Yhonathan Barrios