Dakota Smith, 25, rejoins the Grizzlies after a stint in the Boston Red Sox organization. Smith pitched for Gateway in 2015 and 2016, posting phenomenal numbers in his final year: 2-1 record with a 2.25 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 42 strikeouts (against only eight walks) in 40 innings pitched.
The Leavenworth, Kan., native spent last season with the Class-A Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League.
Before starting with the Grizzlies in 2015, Smith played four years at Kansas — where he served primarily as an outfielder. Smith was a career .280 hitter for the Jayhawks with 12 home runs and 126 RBIs in 197 games. He hit a career-best .337 during his junior campaign. Smith also appeared in 19 games out of the KU bullpen during his career posting a 1-2 record with a 3.67 ERA.
FRONTIER LEAGUE CAREER HIGHS
Innings: 8, @ Evansville; July 8, 2016
Strikeouts: 11, vs. Normal; June 11, 2016