IP 229
ERA 4.52
WHIP 1.437
BB/9 4.362
SO/9 5.581
  • Full name Gregory Thomas Smith
  • Born 12/22/1983 in Alexandria, LA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Louisiana State
  • Debut 04/09/2008
  • Drafted in the 6th round (171st overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 (signed for $145,000).
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    Louisiana State's No. 3 starter is its best pitching prospect. A reliever in his first two college seasons, Smith made a seamless transition to the rotation this spring, highlighted by a scoreless streak of 28 2/3 innings in Southeastern Conference play. His plus curveball remains his best pitch, and he also has a lively 89-90 mph fastball and a decent changeup. While he has the repertoire, command and delivery to succeed as a pro starter, some scouts wonder if he might be more useful coming out of the bullpen. Last year he regularly pitched 90-93 mph while working shorter stints. Though Smith hasn't had major arm surgery like other members of the Tigers staff, there is a medical concern with him. During fall practice of his freshman year, doctors found a tiny hole in his heart. The condition hasn't given him any trouble, so it may not affect his draft status.

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  • Rated Best Changeup in the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007
  • Rated Best Pitching Prospect in the California League in 2006

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