He and his wife, Tori, were married during the 2019-'20 offseason; they have a son, Ryker...Attended Sam Houston State University and played baseball for three seasons there (2011-13), establishing the school record for strikeouts in a three-year career (204)...Graduated in 2010 from Huntsville (Texas) High School...Smith is an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoys doing both on his family's ranch in Texas.
Caleb Anthony Smith went 10-11 with a 4.52 ERA (153.1 ip/77 er) in 28 starts in 2019, striking out 168 batters...Among pitchers with at least 28 starts, his 9.86 strikeout per nine rate ranked second in Club history, and his .223 average against ranked fifth. His 168 strikeouts were the third-most strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher (see charts at right)...His .223 average against ranked ninth in the Senior Circuit (min. 28 starts), his 27.8% swing and miss rate ranked ninth, his 26% strikeout percentage ranked 12th, and his strikeouts per nine rate ranked 11th...He began the season 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA (53.0/14) over his first nine starts, striking out 71 and walking just 14. He posted a 0.89 WHIP and held opponents to a .178 batting average. His WHIP was the best in Club history through nine starts, while his opponent batting average was the second-best (behind Dan Straily, .164 in 2017)...He struck out at least six batters in each of his first nine starts, the longest streak to open a season in Club history...He struck out a career-high 11 batters over 6.2 innings on a career-high 112 pitches on May 7 at the Cubs. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, but did not earn a decision in a 5-2 loss...He landed on the Injured List on June 7 with left shoulder tightness following his start at Milwaukee...At the time of his IL stint, he was 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA (66.0/25), holding opponents to .198 average, and striking out 82 batters in 12 starts. His average against ranked seventh (min. 12 GS) in the Majors (third in NL), while his 11.18 strikeouts per nine rate also was seventh-best in the Majors (third in NL)...He had a five-game hitting streak from July 6 to August 9 (.545; 6x11), which was tied with Dontrelle Willis in 2007 and Jack Armstrong in 1993 for the second-longest streak by a pitcher in Franchise history, behind a six-game stretch by Willis from May 23 to June 23, 2005...In 16 total starts after returning from the Injured List, he went 7-7 with a 5.36 ERA (87.1/52), striking out 86 batters and issuing 40 walks. Opponents batted .241 against him. He allowed 20 home runs over the span, which was tied with Detroit's Matt Boyd and the Angels' Jaime Barria for the most home runs allowed from July 6 onward.
Made just 16 starts for Miami before suffering season-ending lat strain on June 24...Went 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA (77.1 ip/36 er) with the Marlins...Underwent surgery to repair a Grade 3 lat strain on July 9...Led all MLB rookies in strikeouts (88) at time of injury...His 88 strikeouts were most by a left-handed rookie in the first half in Club history. They were second-most overall in Club history, behind only José Fernández (103 in 2013)...Among pitchers with at least 15 starts, ranked 15th in the National League with a strikeout rate of 27.0% (88/326 BF). He ranked 10th in NL in strikeouts/9.0 at 10.24. Among left-handed pitchers, ranked third in strikeouts/9.0 and fifth in strikeout percentage...Also among pitchers with at least 15 starts, ranked 15th in the NL in hits allowed per 9.0 innings (7.33). Ranked third among NL lefties, behind only Robbie Ray (7.06) and Patrick Corbin (7.29)...His .220 (63x286) average against ranked 13th among NL starters (min. 15 GS), third among lefties behind Robbie Ray (.216) and Patrick Corbin (.218)...Made Marlins' debut on March 30, limiting Cubs to one run on four hits and three walks, while striking out eight, over 5.1 innings. The eight strikeouts matched second-most ever in a Marlins' debut, behind a 10 strikeout performance by Mark Redman on April 3, 2003 vs. Philadelphia...Best start came on April 22 at Milwaukee, despite taking a loss. Limited Brewers to two hits and two runs over 6.0 innings (a career high until his next start), with no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts...Became 10th Marlins pitcher (17th time) to record as many as 10 strikeouts in a game without issuing a walk... Also became eighth Marlins rookie to record a 10+ strikeout game (17th time)...Had scoreless innings streak of 15.2 from April 22-May 10, tied for longest of 2018 by a Marlins' starter (Trevor Richards)...From April 22-May 28, went 4-3 with a 2.21 ERA (40.2/10)...Earned first Major League win on April 29 vs. Colorado. Held Rockies scoreless on two hits and a walk, while striking out nine, over a career-best 7.0 innings...Had scoreless streak snapped in second inning of May 10 start vs. Atlanta...Equaled season-high with 7.0 innings pitched on May 28 at San Diego, earning fourth win of season.
Opened season with one relief appearance for Double-A Trenton, on April 9; promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 13...Entered rotation for RailRiders and went 8-0 with a 2.07 ERA (87.0 ip/20 er) in 16 appearances (15 starts), including a 7.0-inning complete-game shutout on June 18 at Buffalo, allowing just one hit and two walks, with seven strikeouts...Earned International League Midseason All-Star honors. ..Took the loss in the ASG in Tacoma on July 12, allowing four earned runs on five hits in 1.0 inning...Won five consecutive starts from June 13-July 4, and earned first career selection on July 16...Made MLB debut with Yankees on July 17, taking a loss out of the bullpen (3.0 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 2 er, ibb, 5 so)...Made first MLB start in second outing, on July 23 at Seattle (ND, 3.2 ip, 5 h, 4 r, 4 er, bb, 2 so)...Optioned to Scranton/W-B on July 30 after three outings (two starts); would make six more relief appearances for Yankees over course of three more call-ups (August 13-14; Aug. 15-31; September 3-16)... Placed on 10-day disabled list on Sept. 16 for remainder of season with viral infection.
Spent the entire campaign with Double-A Trenton, posting a 3.96 ERA (28 ER/63.2 IP) and three saves in 27 appearances, all but seven as a reliever ... struck out 70 while issuing just 20 walks ... Was 1-2 with a 3.53 ERA (14 ER/35.2 IP) in 20 relief appearances, and 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA (14 ER/28.0 IP) in seven starts ... Tossed 9.2 scoreless innings in five outings, July 21-August 4, holding the opponent to a .147 average, walking none and striking out 14 ... Was 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA (5 ER/15.1 IP) in eight July outings, including one start ... Tossed a season-high 6.0 shutout innings in his final start of the season, September 4 vs. Reading.
Went 10-7 with a 3.38 ERA (49 ER/130.2 IP) and one complete game in 25 games (24 starts) with Double-A Trenton ... made a spot start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, August 26 at Pawtucket (4.1 IP, 3 ER) … Tied for second in the organization in wins … Held opponents to a .243 (123-for-506) batting average … had a 17.0-inning scoreless streak from August 9-26 … Had a season-high 11 strikeouts in 6.0 shutout innings, August 21 vs. Richmond.
Combined with Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa to go 10-9 with a 3.67 ERA (48 ER/117.2 IP) in 27 starts ... ranked sixth among Yankees minor leaguers in ERA and tied for third in strikeouts and wins … named a SAL mid-season All-Star and, following the season, was tabbed an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com … Opponents batted .228 (99-for-435), including a .188 (55-for-292) mark by right-handed batters … Made his first 18 starts with Charleston, going 5-7 with a 3.10 ERA (27 ER/78.1 IP) … Recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts in 6.0 scoreless innings, April 24 at Delmarva ... named SAL Pitcher of the Week on April 28. w Marked the most strikeouts by a RiverDogs pitcher since Charleston became a Yankees affiliate in 2005 … Recorded 23.1 consecutive scoreless innings from April 19-May 10 ... transferred to Tampa on July 16 and went 5-2 with a 4.81 ERA (21 ER/39.1 IP).
In his pro debut, went 1-2 with a 1.89 ERA (10 ER/47.2 IP) and a .195 opponent batting average (33-for-169) in 13 outings (nine starts) for Single-A Staten Island ... promoted to Double-A Trenton, August 29, and made one start.