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Tigers Have Received A Great Deal With Reliever Drew Smyly

Posted By Charles Mager On October 18, 2013 @ 3:44 PM In MLB | No Comments

Source: Mike Axisa, CBS Sports [1]

Drew Smyly [2]Despite a strong showing in camp (3.38 ERA and 5.67 K/BB in 21 1/3 innings), Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly was squeezed out of the rotation in a numbers game, losing the spot to incumbent fifth starter Rick Porcello.

Instead of sending the 24-year old Smyly to Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers kept him around in the bullpen, and their reward: the best left-handed reliever in baseball (by FanGraphs WAR) in 2013.

In 76 innings spread across 63 appearances, Smyly pitched to a 2.37 ERA (178 ERA+) with a 1.04 WHIP and a 4.76 K/BB ratio… that’s 81 strikeouts against only 17 walks.

He clearly has the stuff to be a starter even though his changeup is still a work in progress, plus, from his point of view, it’s far more lucrative than pitching in relief.

For now, Smyly has to settle for being a key cog in the Tigers bullpen and being one of the best relievers in baseball, righty or lefty.

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[1] Mike Axisa, CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24103249/fifth-starter-competition-leaves-tigers-with-a-relief-ace-in-drew-smyly

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