by John Viril—
Ever since pitcher Will Smith was traded to the Kansas City organization, he’s been nothing but an afterthought. He arrived from the Los Angeles Angels along with P Sean O’Sullivan in a July 2010 trade for Royals 3B Alberto Callaspo. At the time, O’Sullivan had already appeared in 11 major league games and was considered the more advanced prospect while Smith was little more than a throw in.
Soon after the deal, Will Smith was demoted from the Angels AAA team to Advanced A Wilmington upon his arrival in the Royals Organization. Smith’s primary asset was that he was a big (6’5″) lefty with youth (21) on his side. Scouts viewed him as having no more than a no. 4 or no. 5 pitcher upside—if everything went right.
O’Sullivan earned trials in Kansas City in 2011 and 2012, quickly proving to be little more than a marginal major-league pitcher. The Royals sold O’Sullivan’s contract to the Toronto Blue Jays in June of 2012 after he posted a pedestrian 4.66 ERA in 27.0 IP in pa...