Josh Smoker, Relief Pitcher, New York Mets, #58
Date of Birth: 11/26/1988
Birthplace: Calhoun, Georgia
Josh Smoker, relief pitcher for the New York Mets, was a top player in high school. In 2007, he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Georgia. He was drafted that June by the Washington Nationals. He pitched in the Nationals' minor league system from 2007 through 2012. He was a starting pitcher from 2007 through 2009, then a starting pitcher and a reliever in 2010, finishing as primarily a relief pitcher in 2011 and 2012. He had rotator cuff surgery in 2013 and he missed the entire season.
Smoker became a free agent on November 5, 2013. No teams signed him and he played for an independent league in 2014.
The Mets signed Smoker on April 2, 2015. He spent the 2015 season in the minors. In 2016, he pitched in 20 games with the Mets. He had a 4.70 ERA, 3 wins and no losses, and 25 strikeouts to 4 walks in 15.1 innings. He also pitched in 52 games in the minors.