2017 Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
2017 SEC All-Defensive Team
2017 Freshman All-SEC
2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
MLB Draft: 38th Round in 2016 (Detroit)
Projects as the Tigers’ starting shortstop this season after working as the starting third baseman in 2017 ... an outstanding worker with great makeup that puts himself into position to impact the team in significant ways ... the smooth swinging left-handed hitter was a 2016 MLB draft pick by the Detroit Tigers ... high school teammate of LSU infielder/catcher Nick Coomes ... a member of the 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll as a general business major ... enjoyed a phenomenal summer of 2017 for the Harwich (Mass.) Mariners of the Cape Cod League, batting .382 (29-for-76) with one double, three homers, 12 RBI and 12 runs.
Played in all 72 of the Tigers’ games, starting 71 games at third base ... batted .281 (68-for-242) on the year with 16 doubles, five homers, 52 runs, 48 RBI and five steals ... collected five hits in the College World Series, including one double, one homer, three runs and five RBI ... his CWS homer was a solo shot in the top of the seventh inning to increase LSU’s lead over Oregon State (June 23) from 2-1 to 3-1, the eventual final score ... the Tigers’ second-leading hitter in their 12 NCAA Tournament games, batting .297 (11-for-37) with four doubles, two homers, nine RBI, 11 runs, 10 walks and a .469 on-base percentage ... 1-for-4 in NCAA Super Regional series vs. Miss. State (June 10-11), but walked five times and scored two runs ... LSU’s leading hitter in the NCAA Regional, batting .556 (5-for-9) with three doubles, one homer, four RBI and six runs ... batted .333 (4-for-12) in sweep at Miss. State (May 18-20) with one double, two RBI and three runs ... produced a double, three RBI and two runs in LSU’s series sweep at Alabama (April 27-29) ... 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI in win at Florida (March 26); the home run was the first of three two-run blasts in the eighth inning that erased a 6-2 deficit and powered LSU to a 10-6 win ... 4-for-4 vs. Southeastern Louisiana (March 22) with two doubles and a career-best four RBI ... 4-for-4 at McNeese State (March 8) with one RBI and two runs scored ... launched first career homer and collected three RBI in win over Air Force (Feb. 19).
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 general business at LSU ... born August, 7, 1997 in Baton Rouge.
Smith’s LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 5 three times; most recently at Mississippi State (5/19/17)
Hits: 4 twice; most recently vs. Southeastern Louisiana (3/22/17)
Runs Scored: 3 vs. Auburn (5/13/17)
Doubles: 2 twice; most recently vs. Texas Southern (6/2/17)
Home Runs: 1 five times; most recently vs. Oregon State (6/23/17)
RBI: 4 vs. Southeastern Louisiana (3/22/17)