Kyle Smith (minors05)

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Kyle Thomas Smith

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Biographical Information[edit]

Kyle Smith has pitched in the minors.

He went 9-1 with a 0.40 ERA as a high school senior, striking out 116 in 69 innings. He joined Archie Bradley, Hudson Boyd, Dylan Bundy and Dillon Maples as the first-team high school All-American picks by Baseball America. He was a 4th-round draft choice by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 amateur draft. Smith was signed by scout Alex Mesa for a reported $695,000, turning down a scholarship offer from the University of Florida to sign. The righthander started his pro career the following year, striking out 11 in 5 innings against the Orem Owlz on June 19. He was 5-3, 2.86 between the Idaho Falls Chukars (1-0, 1.80) of the Pioneer League and the Kane County Cougars (4-3, 2.94) of the Midwest League. He started all 14 games he pitched and struck out 98 batters in 72 1/3 innings. Baseball America named him as the #16 prospect in the MWL, between Drew Vettleson and Travis Jankowski.

He moved to the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League in 2013 where he continued to pitch well at age 20, with a record of 5-4, 2.85 in 19 starts. On July 31st, he was traded to the Houston Astros in return for major league OF Justin Maxwell, a sign that he was quite well regarded at that point already.


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