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)
Since coming off the disabled list on July 20, Smoker has pitched in nine games out of the bullpen for the Mets and given up six earned run while striking out seven. For the season, the former Jacket has pitched in 31 games for New York and has a 1-2 record with a 7.17 ERA in 37 2-3 innings of work with 43 strikeouts. Combined between his time earlier in the season in AAA and his two rehab assignments at different stops, Smoker also pitched in seven Minor League games this season, going 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings of work with 13 strikeouts.
Charlie Culberson, Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA affiliate of LA Dodgers)
Culberson has been with Oklahoma City since the Dodgers left Spring Training in March. The infielder/outfielder has played in 89 games for OKC this season and is batting .246 with nine doubles, four triples, three homers and 27 RBIs. The former Jacket has also scored 29 runs, walked 23 times and stolen four bases. Culberson, who is in his 11th professional season, is in a bit of a slump of late, only batting .195 in his last 10 games with eight hits, two runs scored, three RBIs, five strikeouts and two walks. He has played mostly shortstop this season but also played outfield and third.
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 56 games so far this year, the outfielder is batting .236 with 45 total hits, including 10 doubles, six homers and 25 RBIs. The former Jacket has also scored 25 runs and stolen eight bases. McAdams has struggled a little of late with just eight hits in his last 10 games played, but he did have a 2-for-5 night on Tuesday against Traverse City, which included an RBI and a run scored.