The Farm Boy Files is a feature designed to better acquaint ourselves with our Cubs prospects. Today’s profile is on right-handed pitcher Kyle Smit.
If you are as enthused by prospects as I am, then I am sure you were excited when the Arizona Fall League rosters were released this week. The Cubs have seven youngsters playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, and I hope to cover all of them before the AFL season starts (or at least before it is finished.) I chose to start with Mr. Smit because I had no idea who he was.
Name: Kyle Smit
Basic Stuff: 6’3″, 165 (Read: beanpole)
Born October 14th, 1987 in Sparks, Nevada
Drafted by the Dodgers in the 5th round of the 2006 draft. Acquired by the Cubs in the deal that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to Los Angeles.
Stats: Obviously Kyle has been doing pretty well to warrant an invitation to the prestigious AFL. Between High-A and AA this season he has put up a 9-4 record and notched 7 saves. His ERA is a tidy 2.29, his WHIP 1.21, and his opponents are batting .265. He has recorded 62 strikeouts to 14 walks in his 70.2 innings pitched this season.
Scouting Report: Useful information on Mr. Smit was not abundant. The only reports I could find were unenthusiastic at best and just plain insulting at worst. He isn’t ranked by Baseball America, so I suppose that explains it. No one has anything nice to say about farm boys that aren’t approved by BA. That’s all poppycock if you ask me.
I can tell you that Kyle projects as a middle reliever. Until this year, he spent most of his minor league career as a starter and did not enjoy great success. He was moved to the bullpen this season and has obviously taken to it pretty well. He throws a low-90’s fastball, a hard curve, and is working on developing a splitter.
Fun Fact: There is a different Kyle Smit who is a professional Cricket player from South Africa.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I hope young Kyle finishes the season strong and puts up a good showing in the AFL. I’d love nothing more than for him to prove all those prognosticating baseball snobs wrong.