Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor
Former USC baseball player Chad Smith got the call of his dreams on Wednesday when the Detroit Tigers informed the right-handed relief pitcher that he'd be coming up to the big leagues. Smith, 24 years old, is the 109th Trojan big leaguer, adding to a USC legacy known for producing the most big leaguers all-time of any college program. The pitcher joins eight other Trojans who are currently playing in the majors.
Smith was a 17th round draft pick of the Tigers in 2011 shortly after having Tommy John surgery. His rise to the big leagues has been quick, spending just one season in Class A ball, seven outings at Double-A and 15 games at Triple-A Toledo. In those 15 Triple-A games, Smith boasted a 4-2 record with a 1.64 ERA.