CODY SMITH, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: September 12, 1995
Height: 6′ 0″
Drafted: 39th Round, 1164th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: Charleston Southern University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates drafted Smith as a college senior. He pitched in relief all four years and had a 5.59 ERA in 29 innings in 2018, with a 44:16 K:BB ratio. That was unlike his previous two years, when he had ERAs of 1.77 and 1.61, along with low walk rates. He signed two weeks after the draft.
The Pirates sent Smith to West Virginia, where he pitched in relief. He got off to a bad start, with nine earned runs and 17 hits allowed in his first 12.2 IP. Over his last 15 IP, he allowed just three earned runs and ten hits, while fanning 21. His platoon split was very small.
The Pirates sent Smith back to West Virginia when the short season teams started play, but after two games moved him up to Greensboro. He pitched well there, typically in two-inning outings. He had very good walk and K rates and was tough on right-handed batters, holding them to a 180/215/348 line.
Smith has done very well so far. As with most low-level relievers, the big question will be whether he remains effective as he moves up.
|2021: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $2,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 39th round, 1164th overall pick; signed on June 19.|