Andrew David (Drew) Smith graduated from Crowley (TX) High School where he was named the 2012 District MVP...Graduated in the top five percent of his class and received the Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award...Pitched for the Mat-su Miners of the Alaska Baseball League during the summer of 2013 and was named the league's fifth-best prospect by Baseball America...Other notable Alaska Baseball League alumni include Aaron Judge (2011), Paul Goldschmidt (2008) and Stephen Piscotty (2010)...Played collegiately at Dallas Baptist University for three seasons before being selected by Detroit in 2015...At the time of his drafting, Smith was the fifth-highest draft pick in school history.
Had his contract selected from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on June 22...Optioned to Las Vegas on July 8... Recalled for a final time on July 20...Made his major league debut on June 23 vs. Los Angeles-NL with 1.0 scoreless inning...Earned his first major league win on September 3 at Los Angeles-NL...Fired 1.0 scoreless frame...Was unscored upon in 21 of 27 outings...Allowed six of his 11 earned runs in back-to-back outings (September 18 and September 23)...Posted a 1.33 ERA (three earned runs/20.1 innings) from July 31-September 17, including a career-best 8.0 scoreless innings from July 31-August 19...Had a 0.68 ERA (one earned run/13.1 innings) at home...Permitted 12 of 17 inherited runners to score...Lefties were 11-41 (.268) and right-handers went 23-69 (.333).
Pitched for five different teams and three different organizations...Began the season in the Tigers organization with Lakeland (A) of the Florida State League...Acquired by Tampa Bay on April 28 as the player-to-be-named-later to complete a trade that sent OF Mikie Mahtook to Detroit on January 18, 2017...Assigned to Charlotte (A) of the Florida State League following the trade...Was promoted to Durham (AAA) of the International League on July 2 for one appearance...Assigned to Montgomery (AA) of the Southern League on July 18...Acquired by the Mets on July 27 in exchange for INF Lucas Duda... Assigned to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League...Went 4-4 with a 1.65 ERA (11 earned runs/60.0 innings) in 42 combined games with 57 strikeouts.