Kyle Smith Interview

Kyle Smith was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 draft out of Santaluces High School in Lantana, Fla. He passed up an opportunity to play with Florida, in order to sign with the Royals. In 2012, he made one dominant start at Idaho Falls before being promoted to Kane County. In all, he pitched 72.1 innings with a 2.86 ERA. He had 1.19 WHIP and a fantastic 12.2 K/9 rate.

What is your pitching repertoire?

4-seam fastball, sits 90-93, touches 95

Curveball, sits 78-80

Modified Circle Change (loose circle), sits 81-84

What's your go-to pitch when you need a strikeout?

Kyle likes to use his curveball when he needs a swing and a miss. He also relies on his fastball at all times, particularly an inside fastball to a righty

What do you need to work on most to continue your success?

Kyle feels like he needs to work on his overall command and develop a feel for his change-up in order to continue his success.

In what level do you think/hope that you'll begin the year?

Kyle hasn't received any indication on where he will begin the year, but he hopes that he'll start out in Wilmington, but it's up to the organization.

In what level do you think/hope that you'll end the year?

Kyle would be satisfied with staying in Wilmington as long as he stays focused and it means he is successful, but a late-season call up to AA Northwest Arkansas would be great.

Which hitters from Kane County would you least like to pitch against?

Tim Ferguson

Daniel Mateo

Jorge Bonifacio

In what major-league stadiums do you most look forward to pitching?

Kauffman Stadium – under the lights.

Fenway Park

What kind of throwing regimen do you maintain in the offseason?

Kyle starts throwing from short distances. He builds up distances and eventually works up to a long toss of about 180-200 feet. Every five days he rests his arm. He works out every day at his old high school and helps out with the team.

Some people knock your projectability because you're not the "ideal size" for a starting pitcher. What would you say to them?

They don't bother him at all. He's been hearing that his entire career. He says, "I control what I can control… and I let my performance speak for itself."

As a kid, who helped you the most to get to where you are now?

His father and his brother who is two years older.

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