Smith was assigned to Double-A Binghamton but could be in line for a callup later this season.
"Smith is largely a fastball/breaking ball short reliever," MLB.com's scouting report says. "His heater will sit comfortably in the 92-95 mph range, and he can reach back for more, all from a clean and easy delivery. He'll show an above-average curveball at times with really good snap to it, but not consistently."
The 23-year-old Smith, who the Tigers selected in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft, was traded to the Rays on April 28 as the player to be named later in a deal that had been completed on Jan. 18.
Smith was ranked by the Detroit News as the Tigers' 15th best prospect before the season, with their scouting report touting Smith's multifacted arsenal:
"All that matters is how rapidly that big arm and nice ensemble of pitches matures. Smith should, and could, be at Double A at some point this season, which means a phone call from Detroit would be within reach for a third-round pick in 2015 (Dallas Baptist) who has a mid-90s fastball and crisp 12-to-6 curve."
In 31 combined games across three minor league levels this season, Smith has a 1.60 ERA with seven saves and 40 strikeouts in 45.0 innings.
In 79 career minor league games, Smith has a 1.80 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 140 strikeouts in 124 2/3 innings pitched.
Smith posted on Twitter after receiving news of the trade...