Smith (back) allowed two earned runs over four innings in a game with Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday. Smith was struck on the back by a line drive in a start earlier this month, but he has started twice since, so he seems to be in the clear. Smith owns a 3.00 ERA in four games this season, but that number figures to rise if he continues to allow runners to reach base -- 17 hits and four walks allowed in nine innings -- like he has early this season.
Smith was struck on the right side of his back by a comebacker in Friday's game for Double-A Corpus Christi and is considered day-to-day, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. He has not allowed a run in three innings, despite surrendering four hits and a walk while striking out two. A fourth round pick in 2011, Smith has not gained much traction as a prospect, in part because he needed Tommy John surgery last offseason.
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.
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.
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.
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