JOSH SMITH
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
  Born: October 11, 1989
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 194
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 25th Round, 766th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: Wichita State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Smith pitched all four years with Wichita State, and had good numbers his final two years in the rotation.  He throws in the upper 80s, touching 90-91 MPH with a two seam fastball that has good movement.  Smith also throws a changeup and a slider. He has above-average command of all of his pitches.  Smith signed quickly and figures to serve as organizational depth in the lower levels.

2012
A-:  2-1-0, 3.68 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 29.1 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 7.1 K/9

Smith had OK numbers pitching in relief for State College.  Opponents hit .270 against him, but he allowed no HRs and recorded more than two groundouts for every flyball out.  He was tough on left-handed batters, who hit only .158 against him, but right-handed batters hit .325.

2013
R:  1-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 9.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
A:  1-1-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 24.0 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 6.4 K/9

Smith opened the season in the West Virginia bullpen.  He mostly struggled until late May, then went on the disabled list for unknown reasons.  Smith returned just to make one brief appearance in the GCL.

A little surprisingly, the Pirates will move Smith up to Bradenton in 2014.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2009 0-2-1 20 1 24.0 36 1 8 21 1.83 .360 8.62
2010 4-3-0 14 13 61.0 73 3 26 80 1.35 .297 5.02
2011 7-4-0 15 15 78.0 73 4 25 56 1.26 .253 3.00
2012 6-4-0 16 16 95.2 84 6 32 77 1.21 .247 3.10
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round, 791st overall.
June 6, 2012:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round, 766th overall pick; signed on June 13.