#27 Ethan Smith
Coach Corbin Quote: Ethan is a local kid that we were happy to get in this class. He has a unique delivery, a very good fastball and a hard breaking pitch. He will continue to mature with opportunities and will have the chance to contribute this season. His stuff is advanced, so it will just be a matter of time before he impacts our team.
As a Freshman (2019)
- Went 4-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 17 relief appearances, spanning 33.0 innings
- Recorded a staff-best .150 opponent average and .148 mark with runners aboard
- His eight strikeouts vs. South Carolina (May 3) matched the most for a Vandy reliever
- Over his final 15 appearances (29.2 innings), posted a 4-0 record and 2.43 ERA
- Allowed just one homer and seven extra-base hits on the season
- Struck out four-plus batters on eight occasions, totaling 47 on the year
High School – Lettered four years in baseball at Mt. Juliet High School under coach Mark Purvis… Recognized as Tennessee’s top right-handed pitcher and the state’s third-best overall player in the class of 2018 by Perfect Game… Threw the first perfect game in the history of the Perfect Game Tournament in Jupiter, Fla… Named a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st Team All-American… Led team to the 2016 and 2018 District 9-AAA title… Captain of his team as a junior and senior… Played high school and/or summer ball with Kumar Rocker (Vanderbilt), Chance Huff (Vanderbilt), Mackenzie Stills (Vanderbilt), John Malcom (Vanderbilt), Parker Meadows (Detroit Tigers), Ethan Hankins (Cleveland Indians), Will Banfield (Miami Marlins), Ryder Green (New York Yankees), Isaiah Byers (Alabama) and Timmy Borden (Louisville).
Academics – Smith is undecided on a major.
Personal – Ethan Thomas Smith… Born 6/16/99 in Nashville… Son of David and Lisa… Has three older brothers, Brandon, Austin and Jonathan, and an older sister, Megan… Brandon played baseball at Tennessee Tech, Austin played baseball at Columbia State CC and Jonathan played baseball at Tufts University… Nickname is Smitty… Favorites include: Clayton Kershaw (player), St. Louis Cardinals (team), Brian Urlacher (pro athlete – non baseball player), SpongeBob Squarepants (TV show), The Book of Eli (movie), Jonah Hill (actor), steak with baked potato and asparagus (meal), Thomas Rhett and Drake (music/singer/band), PP&J (late night snack) and the beach (vacation spot)… Says if he wasn’t playing baseball he would be a fisherman… Names Will Ferrell as the actor to play him in a movie… Uses competitive as one word to describe himself… Roommates with Dominic Keegan… Lists throwing a perfect game at Perfect Game in Jupiter as his most memorable athletic moment… Chose Vanderbilt “because of the academics, baseball and it will open more opportunities.”