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Burch Smith | Relief Pitcher | #64

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 14 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Burch Smith whiffed four over two scoreless innings Thursday against the Mariners.
Smith tossed two scoreless innings in relief in his first appearance last week and went two scoreless again Thursday while making the start. The righty has missed most of the last three seasons due to arm issues and is now 27, but Smith is looking like a good early bet to stick as a Rule 5 pick. Mar 1 - 5:47 PM

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Mets selected RHP Burch Smith from the Rays with the sixth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

If you'd forgotten about ol' Burch, well, that's understandable. The right-hander made seven starts and three relief appearances for the Padres in 2013 and then made a total of two appearances (both in the minors) the next three seasons because of arm woes that eventually led to Tommy John surgery. Back last year, he started 11 games and had a 2.43 ERA in 37 innings in high-A and a 1.65 ERA in 16 1/3 innings in Triple-A. He's more likely to contibute as a reliever in the majors, but the Royals should have openings in both the rotation and the pen.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:55:00 AM

Rays sent RHP Burch Smith outright to Triple-A Durham.

The 25-year-old hurler remains sidelined as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. He isn't expected to return until midway through the 2016 season.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 08:14:00 PM

Rays activated RHP Burch Smith from the 60-day disabled list.

He's 40-man roster spot had been restored. Smith will be sidelined until around the All-Star break next year as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Rays recalled RHP Burch Smith from Triple-A Durham; placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move was made in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Allan Dykstra. Smith had successful Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 03:35:00 PM

Burch Smith needs Tommy John surgery.

Another day in baseball, another announcement like this. Smith, acquired from the Padres this winter in the Wil Myers trade, will miss the entire 2015 season and the early part of 2016. The 24-year-old right-hander has good swing-and-miss stuff, but arm injuries are threatening to derail his career.
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 11:59:00 AM

Rays optioned RHP Burch Smith to Triple-A Durham.

Smith was crushed for six runs in 3 2/3 innings Friday and immediately sent down after the game. The Rays have multiple spots in the rotation open this spring, but the righty was unable to grab one.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 06:04:00 PM

Burch Smith was pounded for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Blue Jays on Friday.

Smith now has a 7.59 ERA and a 7/5 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings this spring. He might be the first guy eliminated from the Rays' rotation competition.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 05:30:00 PM

Burch Smith pitched three innings and allowed one run in his start versus the Pirates on Tuesday.

Smith now has a realistic chance of making the Rays rotation with Drew Smyly looking doubtful for Opening Day. He was behind Alex Colome and Nate Karns for the lone opening at the start of camp, but now it looks like there's two jobs available.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 05:48:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:43:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 02:51:00 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.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 12:42:00 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.
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 05:56:00 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

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LF1Alex Gordon
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S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Justin Grimm
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
8Kevin McCarthy
9Scott Barlow
10Eric Stout