Drew Smith

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Pitcher Drew Smith was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2015 amateur draft from Dallas Baptist University. He played with three different teams his first professional season, going 3-0, 0.29 in 23 relief appearances and striking out 38 in 31 innings. In 2016, he spent the year with the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League, going 1-2, 2.96 with 4 saves in 35 games. He gain posted an excellent strikeout rate, with 62 in 48 2/3 innings.

Drew was with three different organizations in 2017. He started things off with the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Florida State League, where he was 1-0, 0.77 in 7 games. On April 28th, he was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named later in an earlier trade that had landed the Tigers OF Mikie Mahtook. He played for three different Rays affiliates, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Montgomery Biscuits and the Durham Bulls, rising all the way to AAA in the span of three months. He was 0-2 but with a 1.89 ERA and 7 saves during his time in the Rays' system. On July 27th, he was on the move again, being sent to the New York Mets in return for major league 1B Lucas Duda.

Smith made his debut with the Mets on June 23, 2018, pitching a scoreless inning of relief against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He repeated the feat against the same team the next day.

On April 29, 2022, he was the second of five Mets pitchers to combine on a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. He took over for Tylor Megill to start the 6th and went 1 1/3 innings before turning the ball over to Joely Rodríguez. Seth Lugo and closer Edwin Diaz also gave a hand in the feat.

On June 13, 2023, he became the third pitcher to be caught by umpires in a substance check that season, following teammate Max Scherzer and Luis Severino of the New York Yankees. The two others had been handed ten-game suspensions after being caught, and it was expected that the same would be the case for Smith.

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