Josh Smith was originally signed by Reds scout Joe Katuska…graduated from Grandview Prep Academy in Margate, Fla…pitched collegiately at Lipscomb University where in 2010 was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team…ranked fourth in the nation with 124 strikeouts that year…set a school record with 15 strikeouts in a game on March 26, 2010…tied that record a week later.
Spent most of the season with Cincinnati where he went 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 32 games (two starts) over two stints with the Reds…allowed a .247 opponents batting average, including .219 (30-for-137) by right-handed hitters compared to .287 (27-for-94) by left-handers…held the opposition to a .217 batting average with the bases empty, .284 with runners on base…yielded a .245 batting average with runners in scoring position…allowed 5-of-25 (25.0%) inherited runners to score…first batters faced were 7-for-28 (.250) with two walks (.300 on-base percentage)…was 3-1 with a 4.88 ERA in his 30 relief appearances, 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA in his two starts…had a 3.45 ERA and .171 opponents batting average in 16 games at Great American Ballpark, a 6.04 ERA and .317 opponents batting average in 16 games on the road…posted a 1.80 ERA over innings one through three, a 7.27 ERA from innings four through six, and a 3.04 ERA from the seventh inning on…opponents were successful in 8-of-10 (80.0%) stolen base attempts with him on the mound…went 2-for-11 (.182) with a double and four strikeouts as a hitter…tossed at least one inning in 27 of his 30 relief appearances, including two or more 14 times.
Was one of nine rookie pitchers who made 110 starts for the Reds, both single-season modern club records…the Reds' season-ending streak of 64 consecutive starts by rookies, beginning July 29, is a modern Major League record…was one of five Reds pitchers to start in his ML debut (Raisel Iglesias, John Lamb, Michael Lorenzen, Jon Moscot)…made seven starts and two relief appearances during three stints with the Reds (April 13-14, June 23-July 5, Sept. 8-remainder of the season)…in 22 starts and three relief appearances at Dayton, Pensacola and Louisville combined to go 8-9 with a 3.45 ERA and one complete game…began the season with Louisville but did not pitch before he was promoted on April 13, when Raisel Iglesias was optioned…spent two days with the Reds in Chicago (April 13-14) but did not pitch before he returned to Louisville on April 15 when Pedro Villarreal was recalled…was promoted again on June 23 and went 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in three starts for the Reds before he was optioned to Pensacola on July 6…spent the rest of the season with the Blue Wahoos and Bats…was promoted the second time June 23 and made his ML debut that night at Pittsburgh…did not allow a hit until Josh Harrison singled with no outs in the fourth inning…struck out his first career batter (Gregory Polanco)…singled off Jeff Locke in his first career plate appearance…in his second start suffered a 7-2 loss at New York (NL) on June 28…tied the modern club record with four hit batters on July 4 against Milwaukee (Jake Weimer, July 28, 1907 against New York)…after he was promoted Sept. 8 as one of six September call-ups, he finished 0-2 with a 6.64 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances…pinch hit for Carlos Contreras in the fourth inning on Sept. 26 against New York (NL) and popped to shortstop off Matt Harvey…was outrighted off the roster Oct. 30.
Made his Triple-A debut and spent the entire season with Louisville…went 10-8 with a 4.70 ERA in 28 games (24 starts)…surrendered just eight home runs in 159.0 innings, an average of 0.45 per nine innings…led the International League in walks (66), ranked fourth in innings pitched, fifth in runs allowed (90), tied for fifth in hits allowed (174), sixth in strikeouts (123), tied for seventh in wins and tied for 10th in hit batters (7)…tied for fourth in the Reds farm system in wins…had minor league career highs in hits, runs and walks…was 9-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 19 games (15 starts) before the AllStar Break…then went 1-5 with a 6.14 ERA in nine starts after the break…allowed a .275 opponents batting average, including .271 against left-handed hitters compared to .278 against right-handers…was 8-7 with a 4.66 ERA in his 24 starts, 2-0 with a 5.00 ERA in four relief appearances…was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 15 games at home, 6-5 with a 5.35 ERA in 13 games on the road…struck out a season-high seven batters in 4.0 scoreless innings of relief in his first outing April 5 at Toledo…matched that in his next start, April 10 against Columbus, and two other times…went 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in five games (three starts) in April…also won his first start in May for a season-opening five-game winning streak… logged a 2.20 ERA and .221 opponents batting average during the streak…tossed a nine-inning complete game July 5 at Indianapolis, an eight-hitter in an 8-3 win (2 bb, 6 so, 131 pitches).
Spent the entire season at Double-A Pensacola where he went 11-9 with a 3.26 ERA in 28 games, all starts…led the Southern League in strikeouts (139) and games started, ranked second in innings pitched (160.0) and fourth in home runs (16)…was named to the SL Midseason All-Star Team…led the Reds farm system in innings, ranked second in wins and strikeouts and seventh in ERA…had minor 320 > 2017 OAKLAND ATHLETICS MEDIA GUIDE league career highs in starts, innings pitched, losses and home runs…allowed a .245 opponents batting average, including .220 against right-handed hitters compared to .285 against left-handers…yielded a .237 batting average with runners in scoring position…was 7-8 with a 3.72 ERA in 19 starts before the All-Star Break…then went 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in nine starts after the break…went 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts on the road, 4-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 14 starts at home…did not allow a run in backto-back starts on April 22 at Jackson (7.0 ip) and April 29 at Tennessee (5.0 ip) as part of a 19.0-inning scoreless streak from April 16 to May 4…struck out a season-high nine batters May 10 at Jacksonville… had his best month in August when he was 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA and .208 opponents batting average in five starts.
Went 9-8 with a 3.80 ERA in 27 starts with Single-A Bakersfield…ranked fourth in the California League in strikeouts (140) and fifth in ERA and WHIP (1.29)…his .254 opponents batting average was fourth lowest among league starters…ranked third in the Reds farm system in strikeouts, tied for third in wins and fourth in ERA…his opponents batting average included a .240 mark against righthanded hitters compared to .269 against left-handers…yielded a .231 average with runners in scoring position…was 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts during the day…had a six-game winning streak from May 22 to July 1…posted a 2.44 ERA over that eight-start stretch…was named California League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 29-June 4…won both of his starts that week (12.0 ip, 9 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 12 so), including June 2 against Modesto when he struck out a season-high tying nine batters in 6.0 scoreless innings…tossed a seven-inning complete game June 12 in the second game of a doubleheader at Stockton, a four-hitter in a 4-1 win (0 bb, 9 so)…went 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 214 opponents batting average in five starts in June…had a no decision in one postseason start for Bakersfield (6.0 ip, 7 h, 4 r, 3 er, 0 bb, 5 so).
Was named the Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 14-7 with a 2.97 ERA in 26 starts with Single-A Dayton…struck out 166 batters in 142.1 innings (10.50 per nine innings)…walked just 33 (2.09 per nine innings) for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.03…led the Midwest League and tied for fifth in all minor league baseball in wins…also led the ML in strikeouts, ranked third in WHIP (1.09) and 10th in ERA…his .228 opponents batting average was fifth lowest among league starters…had minor league career highs in wins and strikeouts…held left-handed hitters to a .186 batting average… was 7-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 13 starts before the All-Star Break…was the starting pitcher for the East team in the Midwest League All-Star Game (1.0 ip, 2 so)…was named Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April after going 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA in five starts…struck out 12 batters in 6.0 innings April 29 against Fort Wayne and fanned a season-high 13 in 7.1 innings against Lake County May 21… had a six-game winning streak from May 14 to July 1…had a no decision in one postseason start (5.1 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 4 bb, 8 so).
Began his professional career with Billings of the Pioneer Rookie League and was 1-2 with a 2.14 ERA in 12 relief appearances…was promoted to Single-A Dayton Aug. 11 and went 1-1 with a save and a 2.13 ERA in seven relief outings with the Dragons…combined for a 2-3 record and a 2.14 ERA in 19 games overall…struck out 43 in 33.2 innings (11.49 per nine innings)…made his debut June 23 against Great Falls (2.0 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 4 so)…his first win came on Aug. 4 against Helena (2.0 ip, 1 h, 3 so)…recorded his only professional save Aug. 27 at South Bend (1.2 ip, 1 h, 2 bb, 1 so).