Former Bison Smith to debut with Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
By Kirk Downs
Former Bison Smith to debut with Cincinnati Reds
Photo courtesy of Pat Pfister

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Former Lipscomb pitcher Josh Smith (’10) is scheduled to make his Major League Baseball debut on Tuesday after the Cincinnati Reds promoted the right-hander from the Louisville Bats (AAA).

Smith joined the Reds in the Steel City and will make his first-career start in the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. CT and will air on Fox Sports Ohio (FSO), WLW 700 radio and MLB.TV.

The contest will be the first of a six-game road trip.

When he makes his debut Smith will become the fourth Bison in school history to make it to the Major Leagues joining Caleb Joseph (2014), Rex Brothers (2011) and Bo McLaughlin (1975).

The Margate, Florida native had a brief stint in the bigs in mid-April, but never made an appearance.

At Triple-A Louisville, Smith is 1-3 with a 3.56 ERA in eight starts. Overall, the former Bison is 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts between Class-A Dayton, Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville in 2015.

He has walked just 13 in 74 innings pitched this season and has recorded 60 strikeouts.

Smith is scheduled to stay in the rotation through the week and will also get the start on Sunday against the New York Mets.

At Lipscomb Smith set the school record with 15 strikeouts in a win over East Tennessee State in 2010 and then tied that record a week later against Illinois State.

He spent four seasons with the Bisons, appearing in 62 games with 50 starts. He had a career record of 21-17 and a 4.69 ERA.

During his senior season Smith made the All-Atlantic Sun Conference first team after going 8-4 with a 4.66 ERA and four complete games. He finished fourth in the NCAA with 124 punch outs before being taken by the Reds in the 21st round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.