Will Smith (2009) becomes 381st player in Cedar Rapids baseball history to make MLB debut
Will Smith (2009) worked 3 1/3 innings allowing five runs in his major league debut against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium tonight. Smith struck out one batter while allowing six hits and one walk. Smith is the 381st player to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game.
Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees.
Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith was 1-3 with a 4.01 E.R.A. in nine starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers this season.