SP - ARI
Diamondbacks lefty Caleb Smith is once again working on developing a curve this offseason.
"The curveball is coming along really well," Smith said. "I picked it up pretty quick, actually. I think it's right where I need it to be. I think it’s going to help my repertoire a lot this season." The southpaw notes that he wants a breaking ball that is slower than his slider, which he feels is too similar to the velocity of his fastball. The 29-year-old was acquired from the Marlins at the trade deadline last year and posted a 2.45 ERA in five games (four starts).
Caleb Smith and the Diamondbacks avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.47 million deal.
Smith was acquired by the Diamondbacks as part of the Starling Marte deal. He missed over a month due to COVID-19. The left-hander owned a 2.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 15 strikeouts over 14 innings in 2020. Smith can rack up the strikeouts, but his career 4.55 ERA makes him more of a late-round flyer in mixed league formats.
Caleb Smith allowed one hit and three walks over four scoreless innings against the Rangers on Tuesday. He struck out two.
This was Smith's longest start of the year, but still failed to qualify for the win. He's amassed a 3.00 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 12 innings this season. He'll get one more start against the Rockies on Sunday.
Caleb Smith didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's win over the Angels. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four in two innings.
Smith has made three starts, and hasn't gone more than three innings in any of them. He's looking more like an 'opener' than a traditional starter. As such, his upside for the rest of the season seems limited.
Caleb Smith took a no-decision in Friday's win over the Mariners, allowing one run on one hit and a walk in three innings. He struck out three.
Smith's only damage came in the form of a Dylan Moore home run. Otherwise, he held the Mariners in check, but was lifted after throwing just 40 pitches. It's plausible the Diamondbacks are cautiously building him up after recovering from COVID-19. He'll start against Wednesday against the Angels.