Will Smith (2009) joins Royals in New York to make MLB Debut
Will Smith (2009) was promoted from Omaha (AAA) to join the Kansas City Royals in New York today to make his first big league start against Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees. 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.
Patrick Corbin (2009) became the 380th Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni to make his MLB debut earlier this month with the Angels. Will Smith is set to become the 381st player to play in Cedar Rapids and play in the big leagues.