Drew Smyly will throw the first pitch of his major league career in 10 days, and right now he's simply enjoying the thrill of knowing he's going to be playing with the big kids this year—at 22 years old.
"I'm speechless," Smyly said.
On Sunday morning Detroit Tigers management met with the second-year pro and offered him the remaining starting spot in their rotation. He's earned it and although he has less experience than any of the other candidates that were up for the job, Smyly was simply the best option.
The organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season in his first shot at pro ball after being drafted just two short years ago out of the University of Arkansas.
Smyly punched his ticket to Detroit without having even visited Triple-A Toledo. He'll get that chance on April 7 in a one-game spot start due to the extra day off at the beginning of the MLB season. He'll make his Tigers debut on April 12 against Tampa Bay.
Here are five reasons the Tigers made a great choice by giving the nod to Smyly for their No. 5 hurler.