Matt Smith's draft stock fell this spring following a poor senior season of college ball but he is making up for in the early days of his professional career, already earning a promotion in the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system.
The right-hander and Seneca Valley High School graduate was promoted to short season Helena in the short season Pioneer League on Monday. That came on the heels on a fine start in the rookie-level Arizona League, where the right-hander went 1-0 with 0.87 ERA in four relief appearances.
Smith also allowed six hits in 10 1/3 innings while striking out 10 and walking two after being chosen in the 34th round of this year's amateur draft from Georgetown.
Smith was just 3-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 13 college starts this season. That followed a strong junior year in which he had a 4-5 record with an excellent 2.80 ERA in 14 starts for the Hoyas.