by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Astros prospect Kyle Smith undergoes Tommy John surgery
Astros pitching prospect Kyle Smith underwent Tommy John surgery, according to the Houston Chronicle. Smith, who was a Texas League All-Star in 2014, posted a 9-5 record with a 3.95 ERA and 127 strikeouts with two different minor league clubs last year.
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
Astros acquire minor league pitcher Kyle Smith from Royals
The Astros have acquired minor league pitcher Kyle Smith from the Royals in exchange for outfielder Justin Maxwell, MLB.com reports. Smith, a 20-year-old 4th-round pick in 2011, owns a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts for high Class A Wilmington in the Royals system this year.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Kyle Smith keeps racking up strikeouts
Royals starting pitcher prospect Kyle Smith hasn't allowed a run through his first two starts for Class A Wilmington. Smith has allowed five hits and six walks in 8 1/3 innings, while striking out 14. The 2011 fourth-round pick also sports a .161 opponents' batting average. Smith is considered the Royals' 15th-best prospect by MLB.com. He was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 starts last season. Smith is striking out 12.5 batters per nine innings in his career.