Former Razorback Drew Smyly selected to represent the USA
9/15/2011 2:23 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Razorback pitcher Drew Smyly has been selected to represent the United States at the IBAF Baseball World Cup and the Pan American Games, USA Baseball announced on Thursday afternoon.
The IBAF Baseball World Cup is scheduled for October 2-15 in Panama City, Panama, while the Pan American Games will be held October 20-25 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. roster for both events features 24 players that are not currently on Major League Baseball 40-man rosters.
The team will convene for the first time on September 27 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Following three days of practice and exhibitions, the team will depart for Panama City, Panama for the IBAF Baseball World Cup. Team USA’s first game in the World Cup is October 2 against Japan.
At the conclusion of the World Cup on Oct. 15, the U.S. will then travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the Pan Am Games. The first game for the USA in that event is scheduled for October 20 against the Dominican Republic.
A native of Maumelle, Ark., Smyly recently wrapped up a successful 2011 season that saw him go 11-6 with a 2.07 ERA. A member of the Detroit Tigers’ organization, Smyly began the season at single-A Lakeland, before getting promoted to the Erie SeaWolves, the Tigers double-A affiliate. In eight games, including seven starts, at double-A, Smyly was 4-3 with a miniscule 1.18 ERA.
A two-year letterwinner at Arkansas, Smyly finished his collegiate career with a 12-2 record and a 3.47 ERA in 34 games pitched, including 28 starts. In 2010, Smyly finished the season with a 9-1 record and a 2.80 ERA to earn second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. Smyly struck out 114 batters in 2010, which ranks as the fifth-most strikeouts in a season in Arkansas history. Following his stellar 2010 campaign, Smyly was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
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