Josh Smoker throws smoke, and is likely to be an important Mets bullpen piece going forward.
He was the first round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2007 and we have seen him in Spring Training before, but he finally made his Major League debut in 2016 with the Mets.
Josh Smoker was kicked around in the Washington organization, never getting above A ball through 2012 before suffering a torn labrum and rotator cuff. That injury would cause him to miss the 2013 season.
The Nats let him go and since Smoker was not picked up by a Major League team, he went to Independent ball in 2014. His fastball velocity came back and the Mets signed him up after that season in Independent ball. He rose through the ranks of the Mets farm system over the last few years before making his Major League debut on August 19, 2016.
Let’s take a look at how he did.