Following his acquisition from the Tampa Bay Rays organization in Thursday’s trade involving Lucas Duda, right-handed pitcher Drew Smith will report to Double-A Binghamton, according to Steve Gelbs of SNY.
Smith, 23, was originally acquired by the Rays on April 28 from the Detroit Tigers, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 draft from Dallas Baptist University. He began the 2017 season with the Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League, and has pitched across the top three levels of the Rays system since the trade.
In 45 relief innings this season, Smith has pitched to a 1.60 ERA with 40 strikeouts against nine walks. On June 22, he surrendered the first and only home run of his professional career to Mets prospect Peter Alonso, who was the 438th batter Smith had faced in the minor leagues.
The Rumble Ponies have featured a solid bullpen this season, led by Tim Peterson and Ben Griset, but they will receive a welcome jolt in Smith, who will certainly be given a chance to move quickly through the upper minors. Although the organization employs a few sneaky good reliever prospects, Smith’s track record puts him at the top of the group.