Tampa Bay Rays
current status: On roster
#33 SP | 6'3", 190 lbs. | Tampa Bay
Birth Date:June 13, 1989 (25 years old) Place of Birth:Maumelle, AR Hometown:Little Rock, AR
Drafted:Drafted by Detroit in 2010 (2nd round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Detroit in 2014.
Drafted:Drafted by Detroit in 2010 (2nd round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Detroit in 2014.
|Assets:||Is a solid strike-thrower who understands the art of pitching. Can be dominant on the bump when on his game. Can both start or be used in late-inning situations.|
|Flaws:||Stamina may be an issue with him, so he needs to add more bulk to his 6-3 frame in order to maximize his big-league production (regardless of his role).|
|Career Potential:||Versatile left-hander with some upside.|
Movements & Injuries
|7/31/2014||Acquired from the Detroit Tigers.|
|2/24/2014||Re-signed by the Detroit Tigers to a one-year contract.|
|8/24/2012||Recalled from Toledo (AAA).|
|7/29/2012||Optioned to Toledo (AAA).|
|7/29/2012||Missed 17 games (strained intercostal muscle).|
|7/14/2012||Strained intercostal muscle, 15-day DL (retroactive to July 7th, 2012).|
|6/24/2012||Missed 12 games (finger injury).|
|6/14/2012||Finger injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to June 11th, 2012).|
|6/12/2012||Finger injury, day-to-day.|
|4/11/2012||Contract purchased from Toledo (AAA).|
|7/31/2014||In a three-way deal: Tampa Bay Rays traded David Price to the Detroit Tigers for Drew Smyly and Willy Adames; Detroit Tigers traded Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners; Seattle Mariners traded Nick Franklin to the Tampa Bay Rays.|
|6/07/2010||Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round in 2010.|
The Tigers have sent Drew Smyly to the Tampa Bay Rays in the David Price trade. | 07/31/2014 5:25 PM
NewsThe Tigers have sent Drew Smyly to the Tampa Bay Rays in the David Price trade.
ImpactSmyly is promising, but he's been inconsistent this season. In 105 1/3 innings, he's gone 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He could be better down the road, but his fantasy fortunes this season won't change much after the trade.
Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly returned to form Sunday against the Indians after giving up 13 runs on 23 hits in his last 14 1/3 innings. | 07/20/2014 5:26 PM
NewsTigers left-hander Drew Smyly returned to form Sunday against the Indians after giving up 13 runs on 23 hits in his last 14 1/3 innings.
ImpactSmyly held Cleveland to one run on four hits and fanned six batters in seven innings to win his sixth game of the season. With a 3.80 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 76 Ks in 94 2/3 innings, he's been a low-end fantasy option this year.
Smyly goes seven strong to defeat the Tribe | 07/20/2014 4:10 PM
NewsDrew Smyly fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Tigers' 5-1 defeat of the Indians.
ImpactSmyly had a no-hitter going until the top of the fifth inning, when Yan Gomes smacked a double. The left-hander wound up allowing just four hits in all, striking out six and issuing only two walks. He will carry a solid 3.80 ERA into his next start on the road against the Angels.
Smyly backed by offense en route to 5th win | 07/11/2014 12:07 AM
NewsDrew Smyly improved to 5-8, allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Tigers went on to defeat the Royals 16-4 on Thursday.
ImpactSmyly has been mediocre over his last three starts, but he was backed by an offensive outburst on Thursday. The lefty allowed eight hits -- including home runs to Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler -- while walking one and striking out two. Smyly goes into the All-Star break with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/28 K/BB ratio.
Drew Smyly hit hard in loss to Rays Friday | 07/04/2014 11:23 PM
NewsDrew Smyly was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Rays, allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.
ImpactSmyly punched out three while walking one on the evening. A pair of RBI doubles by Ben Zobrist and a solo homer by Evan Longoria provided most of the offense against him. He'll look to get back on track when he carries a 3.89 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Thursday's tilt against the Royals in Kansas City.
Smyly allows only an unearned run vs. Rangers | 06/25/2014 12:05 AM
NewsDrew Smyly allowed just an unearned run over six innings of work in a win against the Rangers on Tuesday.
ImpactSmyly gave up just five singles on the evening, and he struck out five. The left-hander hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last four starts, but Tuesday's win left him just 2-2 in that span and 4-6 on the season. Still, Smyly takes a 3.19 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Sunday's start at the Astros.
Drew Smyly takes tough loss to Royals | 06/18/2014 4:21 PM
NewsDrew Smyly pitched seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday against the Royals, but was saddled with his sixth loss.
ImpactSmyly is wondering what happened to all of the run support; the Tigers have scored two runs or fewer in five of his last six outings. Not coincidently, he's won just one of those six outings, beating the Red Sox in a 6-2 game on June 6. For the season, Smyly is 3-6 with a 3.48 ERA.
Drew Smyly pitches well in loss to Twins | 06/13/2014 10:24 PM
NewsDrew Smyly pitched well in a losing effort against the Twins on Friday, allowing just one run on four hits over six strong innings of work.
ImpactHe walked three and struck out a pair on the evening. Toeing the slab on his 25th birthday, Smyly surrendered nothing more than a solo homer to Eduardo Escobar in the third inning, but that was enough to propel the Twins to victory. He'll look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Royals at home on Wednesday.
Drew Smyly has rotation turn skipped | 06/10/2014 7:04 PM
NewsThe Tigers will skip Drew Smyly's next turn in the rotation following Tuesday's rainout.
Dan Hayes on Twitter
ImpactThey'll keep Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander on schedule in the final two games of the series versus the White Sox. It's no surprise, as Smyly has been consistently skipped whenever possible this season. He'll be available in relief the next few days.
Drew Smyly fans four in victory over Red Sox | 06/06/2014 10:02 PM
NewsDrew Smyly pitched well in Friday's victory over the Red Sox, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over six strong innings.
ImpactSmyly fanned four on the night while issuing just one free pass. The Red Sox put a run on the board just two batters into the ballgame on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts, but Smyly was able to settle in nicely afterwards. Now 3-4 on the season, he'll carry a 3.81 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 49/20 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the White Sox in Chicago.
Drew Smyly lasts just four innings in loss | 06/01/2014 1:44 AM
NewsDrew Smyly was lifted after allowing three runs in four innings Saturday against the Mariners.
ImpactIt took Smyly 105 pitches to get through four innings, even though he was a lefty facing a Seattle lineup with Willie Bloomquist, Endy Chavez and Mike Zunino at the top of the order. That's just not very impressive. Given that he's had a more consistent workload of late, there aren't any easy excuses for his poor performances. If he can't pitch better next week against the Red Sox, his rotation spot might be in jeopardy.
Drew Smyly taken deep four times Monday | 05/26/2014 7:24 PM
NewsDrew Smyly was tagged for four homers and six runs over five innings in Monday's loss to the Athletics.
ImpactThe left-hander surrendered eight hits and two walks, needing 107 pitches to cover the five frames. Smyly boasted a 2.45 ERA after his first outing this month, but he hasn't pitched well in three of four starts since then. He'll try to get back on track this weekend in Seattle.
Smyly picks up no-decision against the O's | 05/13/2014 10:42 PM
NewsDrew Smyly picked up the no-decision, allowing one run over six innings as the Tigers defeated the Orioles on Tuesday.
ImpactSmyly was quite effective, his only mistake coming in the first inning when Adam Jones hit a solo home run to left field. Overall, Smyly allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out seven in the effort. He now has a 2.70 ERA on the season and a 30/11 K/BB ratio. Smyly will face the Indians on the road in his next start.
Drew Smyly gives up three runs in loss | 05/08/2014 4:01 PM
NewsDrew Smyly surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Astros.
ImpactAs inconsistent as Smyly's workload has been thus far, it's pretty impressive that he still has a 2.96 ERA. Today's outing won't go down as one of his better ones, but he should become more valuable in fantasy leagues as his usage becomes steadier.
Smyly goes seven scoreless versus Royals | 05/03/2014 10:25 PM
NewsDrew Smyly went seven scoreless innings as the Tigers defeated the Royals by a score of 9-2 on Saturday.
ImpactSmyly was on extended rest and looked fresh, yielding just two hits and striking out six batters over his seven shutout frames. The left-hander is now 2-1 on the year with a 2.45 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He was one of Rotoworld's top fantasy sleepers heading into the 2014 season and should keep cruising next week versus Houston.
Drew Smyly to have spot skipped | 04/25/2014 5:25 PM
NewsDrew Smyly will have his next turn in the rotation skipped.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers have a pair of off days next week, so Smyly will be used in the bullpen for a little bit. His next start will come next weekend in Kansas City.
Smyly logs quality start, but Tigers lose | 04/23/2014 10:15 PM
NewsDrew Smyly held the White Sox to two runs over six innings in Wednesday's start, but took home the no-decision.
ImpactSmyly, making his second start of the season, looked better than he did his last time out on the mound. Overall, the lefty allowed six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Smyly will look to continue improving, getting the White Sox again in his next start.
Drew Smyly struggles in his first 2014 start | 04/18/2014 10:47 PM
NewsDrew Smyly struggled in his first start of the 2014 season, allowing four runs on six hits over just three innings in Friday's loss to the Angels.
ImpactSmyly walked two and struck out a pair on the evening. Due to scheduled off-days and postponements, it took until April 18 for Smyly to make his first start in the Tigers rotation, and his highly anticipated debut didn't quite go according to plan. He'll look to turn things around when he takes on the White Sox at home on Wednesday
Drew Smyly to make first start Friday vs. LAA | 04/16/2014 4:27 PM
NewsDrew Smyly will start Friday against the Angels.
ImpactSmyly has been limited to bullpen appearances so far due to off-days and rain postponements. The 24-year-old left-hander owns a 3.18 career ERA and 1.15 career WHIP in the majors, and remains an exciting fantasy sleeper.
Smyly has start pushed back | 04/15/2014 4:04 PM
NewsDrew Smyly's first start of the season has been pushed back to later in the week as a result of Tuesday's rainout.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactSmyly was originally scheduled to start Tuesday against the Indians, but now Anibal Sanchez will get the ball. Justin Verlander is scheduled to start Thursday, so Smyly will presumably start over the weekend against the Orioles. Fantasy owners will have to hope that all this waiting will be worth it.
Drew Smyly to rejoin rotation on Wednesday | 04/11/2014 7:58 PM
NewsTigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Friday that Drew Smyly will make his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Indians.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers could have gone until Saturday requiring a fifth starter, but have opted to give the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest. Smyly excelled out of the bullpen in 2013 and should be a solid source of wins and strikeouts getting the ball every fifth day for the Tigers.
Drew Smyly to be skipped in DET rotation | 04/03/2014 12:17 PM
NewsDrew Smyly will be skipped in the Tigers' rotation.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers were rained out of Thursday's series-finale against the Royals and scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez is now going to pitch in place of Smyly on Friday against the Orioles. Smyly is a major fantasy sleeper in his first year as a full-time starter.
Drew Smyly goes five scoreless in win | 03/18/2014 5:21 PM
NewsDrew Smyly tossed five scoreless innings as a Tigers split-squad steamrolled the Blue Jays 18-4 on Tuesday.
ImpactSmyly allowed just a couple of hits in his best outing so far this spring. Detroit's fifth starter is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA.
Drew Smyly shaky in loss to Marlins | 03/13/2014 4:24 PM
NewsDrew Smyly yielded four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Marlins on Thursday.
ImpactSmyly struck out one and walked two in his shakiest start so far. He said afterwards that he's yet to find his cutter this spring. Hopefully, he'll get that back over the next couple of weeks. He has a 4.76 ERA through four outings.
Drew Smyly goes three scoreless | 03/08/2014 5:49 PM
NewsDrew Smyly pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three against the Mets on Saturday.
ImpactSmyly was sharper this time around than in his first start against the Cardinals. All three hits against him were singles.
Smyly gives up a pair of runs in three frames | 03/03/2014 5:10 PM
NewsDrew Smyly allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two in three innings in the Tigers' 8-5 victory over the Cardinals on Monday.
ImpactSmyly wasn't sharp but only Jhonny Peralta, who hit two solo home runs, seemed to have his number. The Tigers' left-hander is moving into the rotation following the departure of Doug Fister, so the team will be monitoring his performance closely throughout the spring.
Tigers GM won't put innings number on Smyly | 01/26/2014 9:44 AM
NewsTigers general manager Dave Dombrowski refused to put a specific innings number limit on Drew Smyly when asked on Saturday.
ImpactSmyly is set to move into the rotation following the trade of Doug Fister. While he did average over 120 innings pitched in 2011 and 2012, Smyly threw just 76 as a reliever last year, so the Tigers know they'll have to limit him. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News speculates that the lefty will be allowed to get "somewhere into the 140-inning range, maybe 150, this season." Smyly will be a popular sleeper pick in fantasy drafts this spring.
Tigers plan to move Drew Smyly to rotation | 11/12/2013 5:14 PM
NewsTigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that the plan is for Drew Smyly to be a starter in 2014.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThus we have the Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer trade rumors. Smyly posted a fantastic 2.37 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 81/17 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this past summer out of the Detroit bullpen. The talented 24-year-old left-hander is a major fantasy baseball sleeper.
Drew Smyly won't be tried as starter in 2013 | 07/09/2013 4:39 PM
NewsTigers manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday that Drew Smyly will not be tried as a starter this season.
Tom Gage on Twitter
Impact"I'm not stretching him out," said the veteran skipper. "He can stretch out during the winter -- on his bed." Smyly, 24, has a 2.04 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 55/14 K/BB ratio in 53 innings this year out of the Detroit bullpen.
Drew Smyly gets victory in relief | 06/20/2013 10:36 PM
NewsDrew Smyly struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief for his third victory Thursday.
ImpactBereft of quality alternatives, manager Jim Leyland is threatening to ride Smyly into the ground; his two innings tonight came after he threw three on Monday. Only the Twins' Anthony Swarzak has topped Smyly's total of 43 2/3 innings out of the pen this season. The left-hander is currently on pace to finish right about at the century mark.
Drew Smyly records three-inning save | 06/17/2013 10:20 PM
NewsDrew Smyly pitched three perfect innings for his second career save Monday in a 5-1 game against the Orioles.
ImpactUnder other circumstances, we'd question Jim Leyland leaving his best or second best reliever in to throw three innings in a four-run game. Smyly, though, needed just 33 pitches to get his nine outs, so he may need only one day off before he's ready to work again.
Smyly has 1.93 ERA out of Tigers' bullpen | 05/14/2013 10:07 AM
NewsDrew Smyly has a 1.93 ERA and 24/6 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings this season.
ImpactThere's no room for Smyly in the Tigers' rotation, so he has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. The 23-year-old had seven straight scoreless appearances before he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk during his most recent appearance on Saturday against the Indians. There's no immediate plan to change his role, but he would have some value in mixed leagues if he gets a chance in the rotation at some point.
Smyly to pitch out of bullpen in majors | 03/26/2013 11:42 AM
NewsDrew Smyly will begin the season in the Tigers' bullpen.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactSmyly posted a quality 3.38 ERA and 17/3 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings this spring, but it wasn't enough to unseat Rick Porcello from a rotation spot. While there was some speculation that he could be sent to minors to start, he'll pitch out of the bullpen with the big club for the time being.
Drew Smyly moves to 4-0 this spring | 03/22/2013 5:01 PM
NewsDrew Smyly bounced back from a poor outing against the Nationals to limit the same team to one run in five-plus innings in a win Friday.
ImpactIan Desmond's homer was the only damage as Smyly struck out five and walked none. The sudden Rick Porcello-to-San Diego rumors Thursday gave new life to Smyly's rotation bid, but since that does isn't happen, it seems likely that Smyly is Triple-A bound.
Drew Smyly gives up five runs to Nationals | 03/17/2013 5:21 PM
NewsDrew Smyly gave up five runs in four innings Sunday in his start versus the Nationals.
ImpactSmyly probably isn't going to get that rotation spot, not with Rick Porcello pitching well and the trade rumors having quieted. Smyly will probably have some AL-only value if someone ahead of him gets hurt, but don't expect much from him in April and May.
Drew Smyly gives up three runs to Phils | 03/12/2013 4:50 PM
NewsDrew Smyly yielded three runs -- two earned -- in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday in a win over the Phillies.
ImpactSmyly moved to 3-0 this spring, but it was his worst outing so far; he allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one. Rick Porcello has been dominant his last couple of times out, so Smyly's rotation chances may be pretty bleak.
Drew Smyly terrific again | 03/07/2013 9:35 PM
NewsDrew Smyly tossed four shutout innings in Thursday's win over the Braves.
ImpactThe left-hander gave up two hits and a walk while striking out four. Smyly has been lights-out in his first nine spring innings, allowing just four baserunners and no runs while striking out six. His competition for the fifth spot in the Tigers' rotation, Rick Porcello, has also been terrific, posting a 3.38 ERA and 10/0 K/BB ratio. This one could go down to the wire, assuming Porcello isn't traded.
Drew Smyly perfect for three innings in win | 03/02/2013 5:35 PM
NewsDrew Smyly pitched three perfect innings, striking out two, as a Tigers split-squad beat the Pirates 3-1 on Saturday.
ImpactSmyly, now up to five scoreless innings, could force the Tigers to make a tough call if he keeps pitching like this. Rick Porcello doesn't deserve to lose his rotation spot, but Smyly may be the better option as a fifth starter, particularly on a team with such a mediocre infield defense.
Drew Smyly goes two scoreless | 02/25/2013 6:08 PM
NewsDrew Smyly shut out the Phillies for a couple of innings Monday in a no-decision.
ImpactSmyly probably doesn't have much chance of overtaking Rick Porcello for a spot in Detroit's rotation, but there's still the slim chance Porcello could be traded. Alternatively, an injury could open up a place for him. He's a sleeper in AL-only leagues.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Starting)||7.0||3 times-last: vs. Cle||last: Jul 20||-999.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Starting)||11||at Ana||Jul 25||-999|
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||3.0||2 times-last: at LA||last: Apr 9||5.2|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||2 times-last: at LA||last: Apr 9||7|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||99.1||2012 (Det)|
|Games Started||18||2012 (Det)|
|Hits Allowed||93||2012 (Det)|
|Runs Allowed||49||2012 (Det)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||44||2012 (Det)|
|Home Runs Allowed||12||2012 (Det)|
|Earned Run Average||2.37*||2013 (Det)|