Three former local baseball standouts from Calhoun High are currently competing at different levels of professional baseball. Here’s a look at how each of them are doing currently:
Josh Smoker, New York Mets (MLB)
Smoker is currently back up with the Mets after making the Opening Day roster and then being sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas in early May. At the MLB level so far this season, the lefty relief pitcher is 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA in 29 innings of work over 22 games. The former Jacket has struck out 36 batters and walked 17 in his work there. Smoker earned his first win of the season on May 30, pitching three innings of scoreless relief, and he gave up three runs over four innings of work last Monday against the Chicago Cubs while striking out five.
Charlie Culberson, Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA affiliate of LA Dodgers)
Culberson has been with Oklahoma City since the Dodgers left Spring Training in March and has had an up-and-down season so far this Summer. The infielder/outfielder has played in 52 games for OKC this season and is batting .263 with six doubles, two triples, three homers and 19 RBIs. The former Jacket has also scored 15 runs and stolen two bases. Culberson, in his 11th professional season, is currently working on a six-game hitting streak and is batting .351 in his last 10 games with 13 total hits and six RBIs in that span as he aims for a midseason call-up.
Josh McAdams, Lake Erie Crushers (Independent League)
McAdams signed to play with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League this past spring after spending the 2012-2014 seasons in the Cleveland Indians Minor League system. In 25 games so far this year, the outfielder is batting .262 with 22 total hits, including three doubles and three homers, and 10 RBIs. The former Jacket has also scored 10 runs and stolen four bases. He has been on a bit of a tear of late with seven hits in his last five games, including a two-homer, three-RBI effort last Sunday in the Crushers 7-4 victory over Gateway.
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