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Burch Smith | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Padres optioned RHP Burch Smith to Triple-A Tucson.

Smith was sent down after he lasted just one-plus inning in a loss Wednesday to the Cardinals. The 23-year-old struggled with an 18.41 ERA in his first three major league starts. Smith opened the season with Double-A San Antonio, but the Padres are hoping he can turn things around the Triple-A level.
Thu, May 23, 2013 11:15:00 AM

Burch Smith lasted just one-plus innings Wednesday and gave up four runs in a loss to the Cardinals.

We were surprised Smith wasn't pulled from the rotation last week with his ERA sitting at 15.63. Now it's up to 18.41. He has to be a goner this time, and Tim Stauffer, who replaced him tonight and allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings, is the obvious choice to replace him.
Thu, May 23, 2013 01:01:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Rene Rivera
3Adam Moore
1B1Tommy Medica
2Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Everth Cabrera
2Alexi Amarista
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Seth Smith
2Jake Goebbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Tyson Ross
4Eric Stults
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Joe Wieland
7Casey Kelly
8Josh Johnson
9Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Blaine Boyer
8Jesse Hahn
9Robbie Erlin
10Leonel Campos
11Frank Garces
12R.J. Alvarez