School: Calhoun High School
Occupation: Professional Baseball Player
Josh Smoker was a star pitcher for the Calhoun Yellow Jackets for four years. He was the 2005 GHSA Co-Player of the Year and recorded the state’s third all-time lowest season ERA with a 0.09. He was a key member of Calhoun’s 2005 state championship team.
Smoker won many awards, MVPs, Player of the Year and other honors during his incredible high school baseball career. He was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American Team in 2007 and the MVP Pitcher Award in 2005 and 2006 at the World Wood Bat Championships.
Smoker initially signed a baseball scholarship with Clemson University before he was drafted in the supplemental first round by the Washington Nationals. He signed with the New York Mets in 2015 and made his Major-League debut in 2016. Josh is currently with the Detroit Tigers organization.
He and former Calhoun teammate Charlie Culberson have organized two local charity events; the Smoker-Culberson Feed the Hungry Event at the VAC and the Smoker-Culberson Classic Golf Tournament to benefit Calhoun High baseball. Josh Smoker and his wife Nicole live in Sugar Valley.