Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds: Why Jordan Smith Might Be the Next Big Thing

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Jordan Smith #62 of the Cincinnati Reds poses during the Cincinnati Reds photo day at the Cincinnati Reds Spring Training Complex on February 20, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielContributor IIIApril 12, 2011

When sportswriters discuss the Reds bullpen, Bray, Masset, Chapman and Cordero are the names that normally come up.

One other name that is starting to catch attention, however, is Jordan Smith.

Jordan is a interesting story if you're not familiar with his name.

A 6'4" pitcher who skipped time in Triple-A at Louisville, before making his debut with the Reds, he's really become an exciting pitching prospect.

Coming into this season, Smith got a slot on the Opening Day roster, filling in for Jared Burton as he does his time on the Disabled List, recovering from injury.

Jordan only lasted two-thirds of an inning and threw a balk.

However, in his four appearances since that outing, he has honestly looked as if he has ice in his veins.

Take tonight's game against the San Diego Padres, for example.

Smith came into a three-to-two game after starter Edinson Volquez was throwing nothing but heat—and he burned his opposition.

Pitching one and one-third of an inning, Smith retired all four batters that he faced, including a very clutch strike out before being replaced by lefty specialist Bill Bray.

Not bad for a guy who was supposed to start the season in Louisville.

Now, I'm not saying the guy is a phenom by any means, but there is no doubt that Smith can pitch. reports Smith's stat line so far is at a 1.42 ERA through six and a third innings pitched. 

With the exciting young pitching talent of the Reds, maybe it's time Jordan Smith gets his name mentioned.

The only question is, when Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto and Jared Burton all are healthy, is Jordan Smith still on the Reds' roster or is there simply not enough room for him at this time?

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