Josh Smith (right-handed pitcher)

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Josh Smith
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Smith playing for the Cincinnati Reds in 2016
Boston Red Sox – No. 67
Born: (1987-08-07) August 7, 1987 (age 32)
Margate, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 23, 2015, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through September 8, 2019)
Win–loss record5–10
Earned run average5.30

Joshua Allen Smith (born August 7, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Athletics. Listed at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 220 pounds (100 kg), he bats and throws right-handed.


Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Smith was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 21st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft out of Lipscomb University.[1] He rose through the Reds' minor league system, reaching Triple-A in 2014. In 2015, Smith was called up to the majors for the first time on April 13,[2] but did not make his MLB debut until June 23, allowing four runs in three innings of a no decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[3] He made nine appearances (seven starts) with the Reds in 2015, compiling an 0–4 record with 6.89 ERA.[4] In 2016, Smith made 32 appearances (two starts) with the Reds, pitching to a 3–3 record with a 4.68 ERA.[4] He also spent time in the minor leagues during 2015 and 2016.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On November 4, 2016, Smith was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.[5] He began the season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, until the Athletics purchased his contract on May 3, adding him to their active roster.[6] With the A's during 2017, Smith made 26 relief appearances, recording a 4.89 ERA and a record of 2–1.[4] He was outrighted to Triple-A on November 5, 2017, and then elected to become a free agent.

Seattle Mariners

On March 15, 2018, Smith signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.[7] He made four appearances with the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, recording a 6.10 ERA,[4] and was released on April 21, 2018.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On May 16, 2018, Smith signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.[8] He joined the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in June, appearing in 18 games (10 starts) with a 5–6 record and 4.14 ERA.[4] Smith started the 2019 season with Pawtucket.[4] He was added to Boston's active roster on April 26 to make a spot-start against the Tampa Bay Rays;[9] however, the game was rained out.[10] Smith made his Red Sox debut on May 3, pitching a scoreless inning against the Chicago White Sox.[11] He next made a spot start against the Baltimore Orioles on May 6, taking the loss while allowing four runs in ​3 13 innings.[12] Smith was returned to Pawtucket on May 20, when David Price was activated from the injured list.[13] Smith was optioned between Pawtucket and Boston several times during June;[14] he recorded his first MLB save on June 13, against the Texas Rangers.[15] After spending all of July with Pawtucket, Smith was recalled to Boston on August 2, when Heath Hembree was placed on the injured list.[16] Smith was optioned back to Pawtucket two days later, and recalled to Boston on August 20.[17] Overall with the 2019 Red Sox, Smith appeared in 18 games (two starts), compiling an 0–3 record with one save, along with a 5.81 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 31 innings.


Smith is often referred to online and in print as "Josh A. Smith", to differentiate him from Josh D. Smith, especially since the two players were teammates for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2018.[18]


  1. ^ Josh Smith drafted by the Cincinnati Reds
  2. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (April 13, 2015). "Reds to call up right-handed pitcher Josh Smith".
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Cincinnati Reds 6". Retrosheet. June 23, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Josh A. Smith Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Hickey, John (November 4, 2016). "A's claim starter Josh Smith off waivers from Reds". The Mercury News.
  6. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 3, 2017). "Athletics Place Sean Doolittle On 10-Day DL, Designate Cesar Valdez". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Mariners' Josh Smith: Signs with Mariners". March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 17, 2018). "Red Sox to Sign Josh Smith". Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  9. ^ @alexspeier (April 26, 2019). "The Red Sox optioned Lakins to make room for scheduled starter Josh Smith" (Tweet). Retrieved April 26, 2019 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Coolbaugh, Gethin (April 26, 2019). "Red Sox, Rays washed out in series opener". Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Red Sox vs. White Sox - Box Score". ESPN. May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Red Sox vs. Orioles - Box Score". ESPN. May 6, 2019. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  13. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". May 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". June 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "Rangers vs. Red Sox - Box Score". June 13, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  16. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". August 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". August 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  18. ^ Monaco, Mike (June 20, 2018). "Josh Smith Saves Win For Josh Smith". Retrieved April 29, 2019.

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