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Burch Smith | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays acquired RHP Burch Smith from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.
Smith had a lost year in 2014 due to forearm issues, but he boasts a career 3.71 ERA with 246 strikeouts over 228 1/3 innings in the minors. If healthy, he could find his way into the Rays' rotation in short order. Dec 19 - 12:43 PM

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Burch Smith will pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Smith has been limited to just five innings in the minors this season due to a flexor muscle strain in forearm, so the Padres want him to get some extra work going in 2015. The 23-year-old had an ugly 6.44 ERA and 46/21 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings during his first taste of the majors in 2013.
Sep 23 - 2:51 PM

Padres optioned RHP Burch Smith to Triple-A Tucson; reassigned 2B Cory Spangenberg and 1B/C Cody Decker to minor league camp.

Manager Bud Black said earlier this spring that Smith could be a candidate for the bullpen, but they'll keep him as starter insurance at Triple-A. The 23-year-old struggled during his rookie season, compiling a 6.44 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 46/21 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings.
Mar 16 - 12:42 PM

Padres manager Bud Black confirmed Sunday that Burch Smith could be a candidate to begin the season in the bullpen.

The 23-year-old hurler struggled during his rookie campaign in 2013, compiling a 6.44 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 46/21 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings with the Padres. While the strikeout numbers are intriguing, as is pitching half his games at Petco Park, unless he manages to earn a rotation spot his fantasy value will be minimal in 2014.
Feb 16 - 5:56 PM

The Padres have decided not to have Burch Smith pitch in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.

Smith matched his 2012 output with 128 2/3 innings between the Padres and Triple-A Tucson in 2012, but the organization wants to play it safe and not over-extend him. Dennis O'Grady will be taking Smith's spot on the roster.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Burch Smith surrendered six runs and three homers in 5 2/3 innings versus the Giants on Friday.

Despite striking out 46 in 36 1/3 innings, Smith went 1-3 with a 6.44 ERA in seven starts and two relief appearances for the Padres. He's more intriguing as a reliever than as a starter right now, but the Padres should continue to groom him for the rotation in Triple-A at the beginning of next year.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 01:43:00 AM

Burch Smith pitched six innings of two-run ball Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Smith walked Mark Ellis and then gave up a homer to A.J. Ellis in the fourth, which is all it would take to get him handed a loss working opposite Clayton Kershaw. The Padres still have to be pleased with the way he's pitched in three starts this month.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 12:51:00 AM

Burch Smith struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings to earn his first big league victory on Sunday over the Braves.

He scattered three hits and walked two. Smith has allowed only two runs over 12 innings in two starts since he entered the starting rotation, which might prompt owners to hit the waiver wire in search of the 23-year-old. You shouldn't get ahead of yourself for two reasons: Firstly, Smith owned an 11.37 ERA prior to his last two starts and has displayed little feel for his command. He also has a brutal upcoming assignment against the Dodgers.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 04:56:00 PM

Burch Smith allowed two runs in five innings and struck out seven Rockies on Friday.

Smith walked four, but none of those came back to haunt him, except for possibly shortening his outing by an inning. Both runs were scored on three straight hits and an RBI groundout in the first. Smith is a pretty risky play because of his lack of command, and he'll probably get the Braves next.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 01:38:00 AM

Burch Smith is expected to start on Friday against the Rockies.

It sounds like the Padres will use a six-man rotation during the final month. Smith has been great in the minors but holds an 11.37 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this year at the major league level. He should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 06:57:00 PM

Padres recalled RHP Burch Smith from Triple-A Tucson.

Smith has an 11.37 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this year at the major league level. He will pitch in long relief.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 01:38:00 PM

Padres optioned RHP Burch Smith to Triple-A Tucson.

Smith threw three scoreless relief innings during his most recent time with the big club. He'll return to Tucson's rotation.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 03:26:00 PM

Padres recalled RHP Burch Smith from Triple-A Tucson.

Smith has struggled in three starts for the Padres, but he'll be tried out in relief this time. He's posted a 1.82 ERA in the minors this season.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 03:28:00 PM

Padres optioned RHP Burch Smith to Triple-A Tucson.

Smith was up for bullpen depth for a few days but didn't make an appearance. He's being replaced by Nick Vincent.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Padres recalled RHP Burch Smith from Triple-A Tucson.

Smith made three starts with the Padres earlier this season, but is expected to be used as a reliever. Since being demoted to the minors last month, he has a 2.70 ERA over 10 innings at the Triple-A level.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 03:04:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau
8Steve Geltz
9Jose Dominguez
10C.J. Riefenhauser
11Brandon Gomes