Burch Smith
Burch Smith
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Traded across the bay last February, Smith drew rave reviews from his new coaches and teammates in spring training and summer camp. He was otherworldly out of the gates with Oakland, turning in 10.1 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and one walk in his first five appearances. All good things must come to an end, and in Smith's case, that end was sudden as he went down with a forearm strain in mid-August and missed the rest of the season. Fortunately, an MRI at the time showed no structural damage. The A's tendered Smith a contract after the season and settled with him at $705,000, suggesting they have some confidence he can contribute in 2021. With Liam Hendriks leaving in free agency, the ninth inning looks open. Based on his 2020 sample alone, Smith would seem like a legitimate candidate, but he had not previously displayed anything close to that level of skill. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $705,000 contract with the Athletics in December of 2020.
Hit hard in relief
POakland Athletics
June 15, 2021
Smith allowed four earned runs on three hits and a walk over one inning in a win over the Angels on Monday. He also hit a batter and recorded a strikeout.
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Smith created plenty of trouble for himself during his one frame, allowing the Angels to mount a modest comeback from an 8-1 deficit. The stumble was the latest hiccup in what's turning into a rocky season for Smith, as he's now pitched to a 9.64 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 1.9 HR/9 across 9.1 innings in his last eight appearances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Burch Smith generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Burch Smith generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .280 88 16 6 23 6 1 3
Since 2019vs Right .238 148 34 14 31 8 0 3
2021vs Left .267 31 5 1 8 3 0 1
2021vs Right .265 55 12 4 13 4 0 1
2020vs Left .231 14 5 1 3 0 0 0
2020vs Right .133 30 8 0 4 2 0 1
2019vs Left .308 43 6 4 12 3 1 2
2019vs Right .275 63 14 10 14 2 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.05 1.29 33.1 3 0 1 8.1 3.2 0.3
Since 2019Away 6.20 1.57 20.1 0 1 0 8.9 3.5 2.2
2021Home 5.40 1.20 13.1 1 0 0 7.4 2.7 0.0
2021Away 6.43 1.57 7.0 0 0 0 7.7 1.3 2.6
2020Home 0.00 0.43 9.1 2 0 1 8.7 1.0 0.0
2020Away 10.13 1.50 2.2 0 0 0 13.5 0.0 3.4
2019Home 5.91 2.16 10.2 0 0 0 8.4 5.9 0.8
2019Away 5.06 1.59 10.2 0 1 0 8.4 5.9 1.7
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Stat Review
How does Burch Smith compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.40
 
K/9
7.5
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
93.5 mph
 
ERA
5.75
 
WHIP
1.33
 
BABIP
.331
 
GB/FB
1.20
 
Left On Base
57.9%
 
Exit Velocity
83.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.7%
 
Spin Rate
2455 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.4%
 
Swinging Strike
7.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Armed with a fastball that once reached triple digits, Smith is trying to return from 2015 Tommy John surgery after being selected by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft in December. Even if the Royals opt to keep him on the 25-man roster, he may have to begin in a low-leverage role, as he posted a 14:9 K:BB with 10 earned runs allowed over his first 10 innings in Cactus League play. He'll need to string together a prolonged run of productive innings out of the bullpen before it's worth considering him as a potential staff filler in deep formats.
Smith looked poised to begin 2015 in the Rays rotation due to a torrent of injuries to their starters, but that torrent soon claimed him too and sent him straight to the Tommy John operating room in April. Due to this, he’ll sit out a good chunk of 2016 before an abbreviated return in the later months of the season. Smith was one of the assets brought home in the Wil Myers trade and the Rays are hoping he can still be a back-end starter in the majors. He hasn’t had a real season since 2013, when strong results in Double-A, then Triple-A, pushed him to seven starts with the Padres. The resulting 6.44 ERA wasn’t great, but his projectable frame and low-to-mid 90s fastball mean that he’ll probably be given another chance at starter once he finishes rehab. If he can’t handle that, he will have a future as a long man out of the bullpen.
A forearm strain limited Smith to just two appearances at Triple-A during the 2014 season. The results were disastrous, but the sample size is too small to be meaningful. He recovered from the injury and made nine appearances in relief during the Arizona Fall League, but was prone to hard contact and didn't miss bats at a clip anywhere near the one he maintained during his meteoric rise through the Padres' system in 2012 and 2013. Before the arm issue, Smith was flashing a mid-90s fastball that could touch triple digits, with secondary offerings that were still works in progress. He struggled to keep his pitches down in the zone during his taste of the big leagues, and his fastball doesn't have much movement, which makes him susceptible to very hard contact when he misses his spot. If he's healthy, he may end up contributing as a power arm out of the bullpen after his trade to Tampa Bay, but a lost season has only added to the list of questions about one of the most surprising breakouts of 2013.
A 14th-round selection in the 2011 draft, Smith emerged from nowhere to dominate Double-A San Antonio in the first month of the season, resulting in a callup to the Padres. However, the experiment failed, as he was bombarded in three starts encompassing just 7.1 innings and was promptly sent to Triple-A Tucson to try his wares in the Pacific Coast League. Seven subsequent appearances in the majors are much more indicative of his ability, namely a 35:15 K:BB ratio, but he must reduce his propensity to serve up the long ball, considering a 1.6 HR/9 across 29 frames during that span. Nevertheless, his mid-90s fastball will be given an opportunity to earn a rotation spot, however unlikely, in spring training.
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Bouncing back from rough patch
POakland Athletics
May 31, 2021
Smith fired a scoreless seventh inning in a loss to the Angels on Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk.
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Perfect in return
POakland Athletics
May 10, 2021
Smith (groin), reinstated from the injured list Saturday, fired two perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts in a loss to the Rays on Sunday.
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Reinstated from injured list
POakland Athletics
May 8, 2021
Smith (groin) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Makes rehab appearance
POakland Athletics
Groin
May 7, 2021
Smith (groin) allowed an earned run on two hits over 1.1 innings in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas against Sacramento on Thursday. He struck out two.
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Sim game on tap
POakland Athletics
Groin
May 1, 2021
Smith (groin) is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game Saturday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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