06 August, 2006

MLB Debut - Matt Smith

Yankee reliever Matt Smith debuted 14 April in a 5-1 loss against Minnesota.

The lefthander was recalled from Columbus on 14 April (though ESPN says 15 April) to replace catcher Koyie Hill who New York designated for assignment. Smith was subsequently shuffled back and forth to Columbus to fill in for injuries.

In his debut, he faced one batter (Joe Mauer) starting the 8th inning in relief of Tanyon Sturtze.

Matt Smith is your LOOGY (Lefty One Out Guy) in training. He's a converted starter who has seen his K/BB ratio improve after his move the the bullpen. He split time between Trenton (AA) and Columbus (AAA) last year as he made the switch in roles. Smith's fastball tops out at 92mph, but the curve is his out pitch.

Everbody needs a LOOGY.

Smith was involved in the Yanks/Phils deadline day trade. Smith, Minor Leaguers shortstop C.J. Henry, pitcher Carlos Monasterios and catcher Jesus Sanchez went to Philly in exchange for outfielder Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle.

The new Phillie hails from Las Vegas, birthplace of Barry Zito and home to future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.

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