Drew Smyly, Starting Pitcher, Chicago Cubs
Date of Birth: 6/13/1989
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas
College: University of Arkansas
Drew Smyly, starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, was first drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2010. He spent 2011 and part of the 2012 season in the Tigers' minor league system, finishing with an 11-8 record and a 2.57 ERA.
In 2012, Smyly joined the Tigers as both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher. That season, he pitched 99.1 innings in 23 games and he finished with a 4-3 record and a 3.99 ERA. He pitched out of the Tigers' bullpen in 2013, pitching 76.0 innings in 63 games. He finished the season with a 6-0 record, 2 saves, 81 strikeouts to 17 walks, and a 2.37 ERA.
Smyly started the 2014 season as part of the Tigers' starting rotation. On July 31, 2014, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. He finished the season with a 9-10 record, 133 strikeouts to 42 walks, and a 3.24 ERA in 153.0 innings in 21 games with the Tigers and 7 games with the Rays.
Smyly pitched in 12 games with the Rays in 2015. He finished the season with a 5-2 record, 77 strikeouts to 20 walks, and a 3.11 ERA in 66.2 innings.
In 2016, Smyly pitched a career high 175.1 innings in 30 games with the Rays. He finished the season with a career high 4.88 ERA, 7 wins to 12 losses, and a career high 167 strikeouts to 49 walks.
Smyly was traded to the Seattle Mariners on January 11, 2017. He spent the entire 2017 season on the DL.
Smyly became a free agent on December 1, 2017. He signed with the Cubs on December 12, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Smyly through 2017 include:
- 156 games played
- 570.1 innings pitched
- 31-27 win-loss record
- 552 strikeouts to 161 walks
- 3.74 ERA