MLB Draft: 38th Round in 2016 (Detroit)
Projects as the Tigers’ starting third baseman in 2017 ... highly-touted infielder played in a very competitive college summer league -- the Prospect League -- before enrolling this fall at LSU ... made the All-Star team in the Prospect League as the starting shortstop ... an outstanding worker with great makeup that will put himself into position to impact the team in a significant way ... the smooth swinging left-handed hitter was a MLB draft pick by the Detroit Tigers ... high school teammate of LSU catchers Jordan Romero and Nick Coomes.
Prior to LSU
Rated among the nation’s Top 400 prospects by Baseball America ... earned 2016 Class 5A first-team all-state recognition ... batted .379 at Catholic High in 2016 with six homers and 28 RBI while committing just three errors ... recorded 32 stolen bases in 33 attempts in 2016 ... as a starter at third base in his freshman year, he helped lead Catholic to the 2013 state championship.
Full name is Josh Harris Smith ... parents are Scott and Jenny Smith ... father is a nurse anesthetist; mother is a mortgage underwriter ... has an older sister, Brett, and an younger sister, Carsyn ... his father and older sister both attended LSU ... says that “being from Louisiana, going to Alex Box Stadium while growing up and witnessing the support of the greatest fan base in the country” influenced his decision to come to LSU ... majoring in petroleum engineering at LSU ... born August, 7, 1997 in Baton Rouge.