Christopher Michael Smith was originally signed by Red Sox scout Steve Flores…graduated from Hesperia (CA) High School…attended the University of California, Riverside and set a school record with 127 strikeouts and a 2.91 ERA to earn Second Team All-Big West honors as a junior in 2002.
Began the season in the starting rotation at Triple-A Nashville but finished it in the bullpen with Oakland…was 6-8 with a 3.93 ERA in 22 starts with the Sounds when he was selected by the A's Aug. 7… had no decisions and a 2.92 ERA in 13 relief appearances with Oakland…it was his first Major League action since 2010 with Milwaukee…held the opposition to a .165 batting average but allowed almost as many walks (13) than hits (14) for a .270 on-base percentage…struck out 29 batters in 24.2 innings (10.58 per nine innings)…allowed a .151 (8-for-53) batting average against right-handed hitters compared to .188 (6-for-32) against left-handers…surrendered all five of his extra base hits (three doubles, two home runs) to righties for a .321 slugging percentage…both of his home runs were solo shots… yielded a .176 average with runners in scoring position, .103 with two outs and .058 with two strikes… now has a .192 (15-for-78) career average with RISP…first batters faced were 0-for-8 but he walked four and surrendered a sacrifice fly for a .308 on-base percentage…allowed 6-of-8 (75.0%) inherited runners to score and has allowed 14-of-32 (43.8%) to score in his career…did not yield a run in four outings on two days rest or fewer (7.0 ip)…compiled a 4.08 ERA in nine appearances on three days rest or more…surrendered six of his nine runs in the seventh inning for a 14.73 ERA…combined for a 0.69 ERA in the eighth and ninth innings…tossed at least one inning in each of his 13 appearances, including two or more six times…was selected from Nashville Aug. 7 and pitched a scoreless ninth inning that day against Chicago-NL (1 h, 1 so)…it was his first big league appearance since June 14, 2010…had a 2.57 ERA over his first five games but then allowed a career-high tying four runs in 2.2 innings Aug. 29 at Houston…matched his career-high with five strikeouts against the Astros, a total he would reach again on Sept. 3 against Boston…compiled a 5.56 ERA over his first seven games through Sept. 2…then allowed just one unearned run in a career-high tying 4.0 innings in the Sept. 3 contest against the Red Sox and logged a 0.68 ERA over his final six appearances…finished the season with a career-high 8.2 inning scoreless streak…walked a career-high four batters in 2.1 innings at Los Angeles (AL) on Sept. 28, his final outing of the season.
Spent most of the season at Triple-A El Paso, where he went 5-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 22 starts… also had no decisions and a 0.90 ERA in two starts for Double-A San Antonio…combined for a 5-7 record and a 3.40 ERA in 24 starts…had a minor league career-high 132 strikeouts…was second in the Padres farm system in strikeouts and third in ERA…ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts (121), fourth in opponents batting average (.251) and fifth in ERA…combined with both clubs for a .245 opponents batting average, including .222 against right-handed hitters compared to .275 against left-handers…surrendered seven of his 11 home runs and issued 28 of his 44 walks to lefties…nine of his 11 home runs were solo shots…allowed a .225 average with runners in scoring position…opponents had a .206 batting average and .239 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…was 1-for-20 (.050) with two RBI, four walks and 15 strikeouts as a hitter…tossed at least six innings in 15 of his 24 starts and allowed one run or fewer 10 times…began the season on the El Paso disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff…was reinstated May 6 and allowed a season-high seven runs in 4.1 innings for the loss that day at Fresno…then allowed one run or fewer in each of his next four starts (two with El Paso, two with San Antonio), but had no decisions and a 0.84 ERA over that span…was 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three Triple-A starts when he was sent to San Antonio following his May 16 start…had no decisions and a 0.90 ERA in two starts before returning to El Paso for good June 1…picked up his first win of the season June 9 at Las Vegas when he allowed a run in a season-high 7.0 innings…then went 0-4 with a 4.24 ERA over his next seven starts from June 15 to July 17 for his only losing streak of the season… compiled a 2.27 ERA in five starts in the month of June but was just 1-1…struck out a season-high 10 batters in 6.0 innings July 6 at Salt Lake…had his only winning streak of the season from July 22 to Aug. 18 when he went 3-0 with a 3.35 ERA over a six-start stretch…tossed a season-high tying 7.0 innings in four consecutive starts from July 22 to Aug. 7…was named PCL Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 27 to Aug. 2 after going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts…struck out 14 and walked just two in 14.0 innings…had just two wins through the end of July but then went 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts in August…had a 2.53 ERA over his final four starts beginning Aug. 23 but was 1-2 over that stretch… made one postseason start for the Chihuahuas and took the loss in Game 2 of the PCL Semi-Finals (6.0 ip, 7 h, 4 r, 4 er, 1 bb, 3 so).
Started the year with Sugar Land of the independent Atlantic League and was 6-0 with a 2.15 ERA in 12 games, including eight starts, when he signed a minor league deal with San Diego June 27… was assigned to Triple-A El Paso and went 2-1 with a 5.61 ERA in 14 games, including six starts, with the Chihuahuas…struck out 46 batters in 43.1 innings (9.55 strikeouts per nine innings)…allowed a .263 opponents batting average, including .213 against right-handed hitters compared to .304 against left-handers…surrendered all five of his home runs to lefties…had a .280 opponents slugging percentage against righties compared to .565 against lefties…was 0-1 with a 4.83 ERA in his six starts, 2-0 with a 7.71 ERA in eight relief appearances…allowed 2-of-3 (66.7%) inherited runners to score…tossed a season-high 6.0 innings and struck out a season-high eight batters in his first appearance, a start against Tacoma June 28…left with a 6-1 lead but had a no decision in a 7-6 win…tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief for his first win July 8 at Albuquerque…was 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA over his first four games, including two starts, through July 12…then went 1-1 with a 7.52 ERA over his final 10 games, including four starts…pitched for Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season and went 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts.
Signed with Wichita of the independent American Association and went 8-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 20 games, all starts…ranked fifth in the AA with 112 strikeouts…allowed just nine home runs in 132.0 innings, an average of 0.61 per nine innings…pitched for Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season and went 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA in 10 games, including nine starts…allowed a .255 opponents batting average, including .179 against right-handed hitters…yielded a .167 average with runners in scoring position.
Did not pitch in 2012.
Signed a minor league deal with Seattle following the 2010 season and began the year at Triple-A Tacoma…was 1-1 with two saves and a 6.75 ERA in 13 relief appearances when he was released on May 19…did not pitch the rest of the year…struck out 22 batters in 18.2 innings…allowed a .366 opponents batting average, including .294 against left-handed hitters compared to .417 against right-handers…opponents hit .283 with runners on base, .167 with runners in scoring position and .067 with RISP and two outs…tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in his final outing on May 14 at New Orleans (2 h, 3 so).
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Nashville, going 4-3 with a 3.56 ERA and 26 saves in 47 relief appearances…led the Pacific Coast League in saves, tied for second among Triple-A relievers and tied for 12th among all minor leaguers…was 26-for-30 (86.7%) in save opportunities… allowed only one earned run in his first 14 appearances for a 0.71 ERA (12 saves)…had contract selected June 8 and made three relief appearances with the Brewers, logging a 5.40 ERA…was outrighted back to Triple-A June 19 and spent the remainder of the season with Nashville.
Had two stints with the Brewers (6/4-8/9 and 9/1-end).....held opponents to a .232 batting average.
Made his first Major League appearances with Boston in 2008, making his debut on 6/21/08 vs. St. Louis.
Spent the majority of the season at Portland, where he went 6-9 with a 4.41 ERA and one save in 30 games, including 14 starts…made two relief appearances with Pawtucket (April 23 at Buffalo and July 7 at Rochester) and allowed just one run in 5.0 innings for a 1.80 ERA…combined for a 4.29 ERA in 32 games overall.
Was an Eastern League Midseason All-Star as a member of Double-A Portland…tied for third in the Red Sox organization with a career-high 10 wins between Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket…posted victories in seven of eight starts from May 19 to June 27, including four straight from May 19 to June 4…tossed a rain-shortened shutout June 4 at Connecticut (7.0 ip, 4 h, 3 so)…promoted to Pawtucket Aug. 2 and won his Triple-A debut Aug. 4 vs. Syracuse (7.0 ip, 3 h, 1 bb, 8 so).
Went 4-4 with a 5.23 ERA in 15 starts with Portland…was on the disabled list from April 4 to May 8 with right shoulder tendinitis…made one start for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox (3.0 ip, 4 so).
Made 14 starts with Double-A Portland through June 26 before missing the
remainder of the season with right shoulder tendinitis...finished 5-2 with a 3.75 ERA
while striking out 85 in 74.1 innings, an average of 10.3 punchouts per 9 innings...led the
Eastern League in strikeouts at the time of his final start, June 26 at New Hampshire,
when he fanned 7 in 4.0 shutout innings...earned his first Double-A win April 28 at
Reading despite allowing 3 solo homers and 9 hits overall in 6.0 innings...the outing
started a string of 3 wins in 3 starts...recorded a 4.50 ERA (10 ER/20.0 IP) in 4 April
starts before posting a 3.48 ERA (21 ER/54.1 IP) in 10 starts the rest of the way...was
named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 3-9, going 2-0 with 10
strikeouts and a 1.54 ERA (2 ER/11.2 IP) in 2 starts...fanned a career-high 10 in 6.0
innings May 25 vs. Binghamton...was 1-2 with a 4.96 ERA (18 ER/32.2. IP) in 6 starts
at Hadlock Field and 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA (13 ER/41.2 IP) in 8 road starts.
Missed the season's first three and one-half months while recovering from a broken right forearm…returned to make 13 starts between the GCL Red Sox, Single-A Augusta and Single-A Sarasota… walked just five batters in 46.1 innings with Augusta.
Made his professional debut with Single-A Lowell, going 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA in 14 starts… posted a 1.80 ERA over his final six starts.