Nicknames: The Chosen One, Smyly, Smiles
There is no doubt that Drew Smyly is all smiles today, as he was chosen to be the Tigers' fifth starter. While some may feel the Tigers made the wrong choice, Smyly definitely earned this opportunity. In 12.2 innings, he boasted a 2.84 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. Leyland stated early on that he wanted a pitcher who threw strikes, and he most certainly has that now.
The search for a possible nickname for the new Tigers left-hander has been a difficult one. First of all, "The Chosen One" fits incredibly well due to the amount of time and drama that went into this important decision. Debates began early this year as to who would win the position, and Smyly's name was closer to the rear than to the front. As spring training carried on and more pitchers were optioned to minor league teams, Smyly's name began to inch to the forefront of the conversation.
However, with such an uncommon last name, Drew Smyly may already have his nickname as his given name. Smyly is not only a perfect name for an excited, talented, young pitcher, it also fits his persona well. Smyly loves to play this game and enjoys every opportunity he is given.
Smyly (Smiles) may have a rough start, but look for him to impress throughout the 2012 season.