San Diego Padres rookie starting pitcher Burch Smith has been a disaster through his first 3 career starts. He's only pitched 7.1 innings total (Cliff Lee pitched more than that in just 1 start last night). His ERA is 18.71 and pairs with an equally ugly 3.00 WHIP. Opponents are batting a lofty .432 off the 23 year old righty. Of course, this isn't entirely his fault. Burch hasn't pitched above Double-A and only made 6 starts there earlier this season. He's in a bit over his head and by a "a bit" I mean the friggin' ocean is swallowing him up. The Friars did demote him following yesterday's crapfest, but the harm might already be done to the young man's psyche.