Reds promote former Bison Smith
Sunday, May 22, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Reds promote former Bison Smith
Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI – Former Lipscomb standout pitcher Josh Smith was promoted by the Cincinnati Reds before Sunday’s finale against the Seattle Mariners.

Smith had spent all of 2016 with the Louisville Bats in Triple-A where he was 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA in eight starts. He had 34 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 42.0 innings pitched.

After spending a brief period in the bigs last April, Smith did not make his major league debut until June 23, 2015 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-hander lasted three innings after giving up four runs on three hits with three strikeouts and six walks.

In total, Smith has seen action in nine career games with the Reds while making seven starts. He has posted a 0-4 mark with a 6.89 ERA in 32.2 frames of work. He owns 30 strikeouts and 21 walks.

Smith was one of three right-handed pitchers promoted from Louisville.

He was a 21st-round selection by the Reds in the 2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft after finishing fourth in the nation with 124 strikeouts during his senior season in Nashville. Smith struck out more than 100 batters in each of his final two seasons at Lipscomb and currently stands fifth all-time on the A-Sun career charts with 350 strikeouts.

He set the Lipscomb NCAA-era record with 15 punch outs in a win over ETSU in 2010. He tied that record a week later against Illinois State.

The Margate, Florida native was an All-Atlantic Sun Conference first-team selection in 2010 after going 8-4 with a 4.66 ERA and four complete games, including three straight.

During four seasons at Lipscomb, Smith appeared in 62 games, making 50 starts. He owned a 21-17 record with a 4.69 ERA in the Purple and Gold. He threw 337.5 innings, striking out 350 and walking 170. Opponents batted .250 against the righty.