Smith and the Diamondbacks agreed to a one-year, $1.465 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
A battle with COVID-19 limited Smith to just 14 innings last season on either side of a trade from the Marlins. His 2.57 ERA in those innings looks quite good, but it came with a poor 15:12 K:BB. The sample size is too small to significant alter Smith's reputation in either direction heading into 2021.
Smith allowed a hit and three walks over four scoreless innings in a no-decision versus the Rangers on Tuesday. He struck out two.
Smith threw 44 of 78 pitches for strikes in his longest start of the year, but he wasn't eligible for the win. He's amassed a 3.00 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 12 innings between the Diamondbacks and the Marlins this year. The 29-year-old Smith could get one more start this season versus the Rockies on Sunday.
Smith didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's contest between the Angels and the Diamondbacks. He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks while fanning four across two innings.
Smith has made three starts this season and hasn't pitched more than three innings in any of those outings, so it's safe to consider him an opener rather than a conventional starter. As such, his upside going forward shouldn't be very high due to his inability to pitch deep into games.
Smith took a no-decision during Friday's win against the Mariners, allowing one run on one hit and a walk while striking out three across three innings.
Smith's only damage of the night came via a solo home run by Dylan Moore in the third inning. Otherwise the southpaw held the Mariners in check, despite getting lifted after the third inning and throwing 29-of-40 pitches for strikes. Smith, who was activated from the injured list ahead of Friday's contest, made only one start this season that also lasted three innings before he was impacted by the Marlins' coronavirus outbreak. The 29-year-old will gear up for his next start Wednesday at Angel Stadium.
Smith (COVID-19) was activated from the injured list Friday ahead of his scheduled start against Seattle.
Smith made just a single start this year before being sidelined as part of the Marlins' early-season coronavirus outbreak. He remained on the injured list after joining the Diamondbacks in a deadline-day trade. He should have the opportunity to pitch fairly deep into this contest, however, as he threw 70 pitches in an intrasquad game Saturday.
Smith (COVID-19) will start Friday's game against the Mariners, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Smith will make his first start in over a month after working his way back from a positive COVID-19 test. The southpaw threw 70 pitches in an intrasquad game, so he should be well-rested and able to handle a fairly heavy workload in his debut with the Diamondbacks.
Smith (COVID-19) is scheduled to throw 70 pitches in an intrasquad game Saturday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Smith, recently acquired from the Marlins, appears to be nearing a return. The Diamondbacks will see how the left-hander responds to the outing before deciding next steps.
Smith (COVID-19) was traded from the Marlins to the Diamondbacks on Monday along with Humberto Mejia and a player to be named later, with Starling Marte going the other way, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Smith made just a single start this season before being caught up in the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak. He's been cleared to throw since mid-August, however, and appears to be quite close to being ready to return. The lefty produced a passable 4.41 ERA over the previous two seasons, with a 26.3 percent strikeout rate generally being offset by a 9.6 percent walk rate and a 26.9 percent groundball rate.
Smith (COVID-19) won't be activated from the injured list to start either Tuesday or Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio reports.
Though Smith appears ready to return from the IL after having had the past two weeks to build up his arm at the Marlins' alternate training site, Miami isn't quite ready to integrate the southpaw back into the rotation just yet. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Smith could be a sought-after arm ahead of Monday's trade deadline after two of the top available starters in Mike Clevinger and Mike Minor went off the board, which may provide a possible explanation for why Miami hasn't chosen to add him back to their pitching schedule just yet. Instead, Elieser Hernandez and Sixto Sanchez will draw starts Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, leaving the Marlins' weekend series in Tampa Bay as the next potential target for when Smith might pitch, assuming he's still with the organization.
Smith (illness) lines up to return to the Marlins' rotation early next week against the Blue Jays, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Miami has a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday of next week at home against Toronto, and Mish reports that Smith's current throwing schedule would line up for his activation for one of those starts. That is not locked in just yet, as Smith will throw again this week as he continues to build up after missing over a month due to COVID-19.
Smith was one of 18 Marlins that tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this season who received clearance Saturday to resume baseball activities at the team's alternate training site in Jupiter, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Along with Smith, fellow starting pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Jose Urena are among the players who tested positive that are now ready to prepare for returns to the active roster. Because none of the three pitchers have seen any game action since late July, they'll all likely require a week or more to get their arms reconditioned for starting duty. The Marlins aren't exactly overflowing with ideal replacements in the rotation at the moment, so it's possible Smith gets activated sooner than expected and handles limited pitch counts in his initial appearances.
Smith (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
Smith was among the 13 Marlins placed on the injured list ahead of the team's return to play after a COVID-19 outbreak. However, a specific reason for Smith's placement on the injured list wasn't announced.
Manager Don Mattingly said Monday that Pablo Lopez and Elieser Hernandez are the only members of the rotation locked in for starts when the Marlins return to action this week, suggesting that Smith may not be available, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
The Marlins are slated to return to action Tuesday in Baltimore following an eight-day layoff due to a team-wide COVID-19 outbreak that saw 18 players test positive for the coronavirus. Rotation members Sandy Alcantara and Jose Urena have already been confirmed to have tested positive, and Mattingly's omission of Smith from the team's pitching schedule to begin the week could indicate that the lefty's health may also be a question mark. Prior to Tuesday's game, Miami is slated to make a slew of roster moves to account for the players who won't be available due to positive COVID-19 tests, so Smith's inclusion on (or exclusion from) the injured list should ultimately shed more light on his status.
Smith gave up one run on one hit and six walks while striking out three over three innings in a no-decision against Philadelphia on Saturday.
The results could have been much worse for Smith given his struggles to find the plate. He threw only 36 of 70 pitches for strikes and walked at least one batter in each of his three innings. Walks have been an issue for the 28-year-old throughout his career, so his control issues Saturday can't fully be chalked up to first-start jitters. Smith will look to have a stronger outing when he heads to Baltimore to take on the hapless Orioles on Thursday in his next scheduled start.
Smith said he was dealing with neck stiffness during the Marlins' first simulated game Thursday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
The left-hander attributed his lack of command to waking up with a stiff neck Thursday morning and added that he feels healthy otherwise. Smith surrendered three runs on four hits while striking out five across 4.1 innings. The 28-year-old looked sharp after surrendering a second-inning home run to Monte Harrison, allowing only a bunt single before exiting in the fifth inning after reaching 78 pitches, 46 of which went for strikes. Fourteen were swings and misses.
Smith posted a 4.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB through nine innings before spring training was suspended.
While the strikeouts were nice, the free passes were a little concerning, and when opposition batters were able to make contact they did damage -- two of the four hits Smith allowed left the yard. The southpaw is locked into a rotation spot for the Marlins, but after a dazzling first half and poor second half in 2019, he's hoping to find some consistency this season. If Smith returns to his form from early last year, he could become a valuable trade chip for a Miami club still far from contention.
Smith tossed two scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League action Friday, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out three, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw threw 19 of 35 pitches for strikes against an Astros lineup featuring plenty of regulars, and Smith's slider appeared to be in midseason form already. "I think we've seen, when he's healthy, what it looks like," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "After the hip [injury last season], it seemed like he never really got back on track the same way. And I think that he was behind coming into spring last year because of the lat [surgery], so probably didn't have the same type of work in the winter. [I'm] confident that, with a full winter of health and now getting him into the season, hopefully we're going to get that healthier guy all year long." Smith is penciled into a spot near the top of the Miami rotation this year, but the 28-year-old will need to stay healthy if he's going to prove his early season success in 2019 was no fluke.
Smith (10-11) took the loss Saturday at Philadelphia after allowing six runs (five earned).
Smith gave up runs in all three frames as he labored with 71 pitches Saturday, and to make things worse he also bunted into a double play during his lone at-bat. The 28-year-old finishes 2019 with a 4.52 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 168:60 K:BB over 153.1 innings, but he really struggled in his final 12 outings with a 6.25 ERA.
Smith (10-10) got the win against the Mets on Monday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits over six innings, striking out three and walking four as the Marlins won 8-4.
Smith was cruising until the sixth inning, when he loaded the bases and gave up all four of his runs on one swing of the bat courtesy of a grand slam from Amed Rosario. Still, he missed a quality start by just one earned run and did enough to reach double-digit wins for the first time in his career. The 28-year-old has a 4.31 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 167:56 K:BB across 150.1 innings on the season.
Smith (9-10) got the win against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits over five innings, striking out four and walking one as the Marlins prevailed 12-6.
It wasn't a dominating effort, but it was enough for Smith to pick up his ninth win of the season, in a game where his teammates provided him with a lot of run support. The left-hander now has a 4.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 164:52: K:BB across 144.1 innings on the season. He lines up to take on the Mets in his next start in a road matchup Monday.
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|09/27||vs COL||W 11-3||2.0||0||0||0||3|
|09/22||vs TEX||W 7-0||4.0||1||0||3||2|
|09/16||@ LAA||W 9-6||2.0||3||2||2||4|
|09/11||vs SEA||W 4-3||3.0||1||1||1||3|
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|2013||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||47.2||13||9||0||1||2||0||52||15||33||1.91||1.017|
|2019||AAX-Jacksonville Jumbo S||9.1||2||2||0||0||0||0||19||2||7||5.93||0.989|