Burch Smith

Burch Smith
Kansas City Royals – No. 64
Born: (1990-04-12) April 12, 1990
San Antonio, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 11, 2013, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through August 26, 2018)
Win–loss record 2–7
Earned run average 6.50
Strikeouts 114

Burch Taylor Smith (born April 12, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the San Diego Padres.

Amateur career

Smith attended Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. At Howard College, Smith's team was the 2009 NCJAA National Champion, and he was named the 2010 Western Junior College Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. Smith was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 49th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft and the 20th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft out of Howard but did not sign either time. He then attended the University of Oklahoma as a junior, going 10-4.[1]

Professional career

San Diego Padres

Smith was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 11th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.[2][3][4]

Pitching for the Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm in 2012, Smith went 9-6 with a 3.85 earned run average and 137 strikeouts. He started the 2013 season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions.[5] He was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week in April 2013,[6] and the Padres Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April with a 1.38 ERA over 5 starts.[7]

Smith made his Major League debut Saturday, May 11, 2013, against the Tampa Bay Rays as he was called up from Double-A.[8]

In his Major League debut, Smith pitched a clean first inning, striking out his first two batters, but he did not record an out in the second, giving up 6 earned runs on 5 hits. He was sent down to the Triple-A Tucson Padres on May 22 after allowing 15 earned runs in 3 starts. He was recalled on June 8, but did not make an appearance before he was optioned back to Tucson on June 10. He came back to the Major League club on June 28 after posting a 2.54 ERA in 5 starts overall with Tucson.[7] Smith joined the bullpen where he made three appearances before being sent down again on July 5.

Smith made 7 more starts for Tucson, striking out 10 in his final appearance, and then returned to the Major League Padres' rotation with the September roster expansion.[9] He made 4 more starts for the club in 2013, allowing 10 runs with 31 strike-outs.

Tampa Bay Rays

On December 19, 2014, the Padres traded Smith, Jake Bauers, and René Rivera to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that saw the Rays trade Wil Myers, Jose Castillo and Ryan Hanigan to the Padres, the Padres trade Joe Ross and a player to be named later to the Washington Nationals, and Washington trade Steven Souza and Travis Ott to Tampa Bay.[10] Smith missed the 2015 season after having Tommy John surgery.[11] Smith was outrighted following the 2015 season.

Kansas City Royals

The New York Mets selected Smith in the Rule 5 draft on December 14, 2017, and immediately traded him to the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.[12] After a strong spring training, Smith was chosen as a member of the bullpen for Opening day.


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  2. "Trio of Pitchers Drafted to Conclude Day Two". Soonersports.com. June 7, 2011. Archived from the original on May 24, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  3. "Padres Draft OU's Burch Smith In 14th Round". Wset.com. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  4. Center, Bill (July 28, 2012). "Padres taking notice of Lake Elsinore RHP Burch Smith". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  5. Center, Bill (April 28, 2013). "RHP Burch Smith closes on Padres with 98-MPH heat". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  6. Center, Bill (April 16, 2013). "Smith, Ross named Pitchers of the Week". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  7. 1 2 "Padres Recall RHP Burch Smith from Triple-A Tucson". Padres Press Release. MLB.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  8. Center, Bill (May 10, 2013). "Burch Smith debuts for Padres". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  9. Sanders, Jeff (September 4, 2013). "On Deck: Smith returns to rotation". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  10. Cwick, Chris (December 19, 2014). "Padres, Rays and Nationals complete Wil Myers trade". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  11. http://www.foxsports.com/florida/story/tampa-bay-ray-s-burch-smith-out-for-season-after-tommy-john-surgery-040615
  12. Flannagan, Jeffrey (December 14, 2017). "KC adds pair of high picks in Rule 5 Draft". MLB.com. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
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