Caleb Smith

Position: LHP
Born: 07/28/91
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
B/T: R/L
Acquired: Drafted in the 14th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
8-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 17 games, including a complete-game shutout, between Trenton (Double-A) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A), striking out 91 in 89 2/3 innings and walking 27, while allowing 64 hits for a .193 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Scranton/Wilkes Barre on July 16, along with RHPs Bryan Mitchell and Domingo German, when RHP's Ben Heller and Jonathan Holder were sent down, and RHP Michael Pineda was transferred from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 07/17/17

Debut Details
July 17, in a 4-2 loss to the Twins. The second of two pitchers on the night, he took the loss in relief of right-handed starter Bryan Mitchell, allowing two runs on four hits over three innings, walking one (intentionally) and striking out five. Of 60 pitches thrown, 38 were for strikes. With the Twins holding a 2-1 lead, he came on to start the bottom of the sixth and quickly struck Kennys Vargas out swinging, got Eddie Rosario to ground out to first and Ehire Adrianza to ground out to third. In the seventh, after the Yankees had scored a run to tie the game, Jason Castro grounded out before Brian Dozier struck out looking and Zack Granite struck out swinging. In the eighth, with the game still tied at 2-2, Smith gave up back-to-back singles to Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano, to right and left field respectively, before striking out Max Kepler on a foul tip. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar then hit a single to left field to score Mauer with the go-ahead run, with Sano moving to third on the throw. Eddie Rosario then doubled to right to score Sano, giving the Twins their 4-2 lead and advancing Escobar to third. After walking Adrianza intentionally to load the bases with one out, Smith struck out Castro swinging and got Dozier on a groundout to shortstop to stop the bleeding but the Yankees went down in order in the top of the ninth.

Player Notes
Smith was actually added to the Yankees roster on July 16 when the club was allowed to carry 26 men for a doubleheader against the Red Sox. Although he did not get into either game, he remained up when they instead optioned Domingo German back to the minors. One of three pitchers in the minors named Caleb Smith, he was selected by the Cubs in this past winter's MLB Rule 5 Draft but returned to the Yankees on March 28 (technically, he was taken in the draft by the Brewers and then dealt to the Cubs for cash considerations). Originally drafted out of Sam Houston State, he has seen time both in the bullpen and the rotation as he's moved through the Yankees' farm system. In 2016 he went 3-5 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 games, seven of them starts, at Trenton, striking out 70 and walking 20 in 63 2/3 innings while allowing 66 hits. He'd reached double digits in the win column in both 2015, between Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and 2014 between Charleston (Class A) and Tampa (High A), after making a splash in his pro debut in 2013 when he posted a 1.93 ERA in 14 games, 10 of them starts, between Staten Island (Short-Season A) and one game at Trenton, walking just 16 while fanning 57 in 51 1/3 innings and allowing 36 hits for a .197 BAA.