DURHAM, N.C. – With the 2019 season opener less than two weeks away, head coach Chris Pollard and the Duke baseball program are excited to announce right-handed pitcher Colten Smith as part of the Blue Devils’ most recent recruiting class.
“Colten Smith is a right-handed pitcher out of Germantown Academy with a very good slider,” said Pollard. “He’s got a chance to have a wipeout slider, and he’s been up to 91 miles per hour. He possesses a long loose frame that’s very projectable, and he’s going to put some size on once he gets in our strength and conditioning program. He profiles as a guy who will throw even harder.”
A four-year letterwinner at Germantown Academy, Smith comes to Durham from Colmar, Pa. Smith has earned numerous accolades over the course of his prep career, including being named to the 2018 All-Philly Team and the 2018 All-Inter-AC League First Team. He also earned the Germantown Academy Robin Roberts MVP Award in 2018 following a season where he tossed multiple complete games and shutouts.
Smith is regarded as a top 500 prospect by Perfect Game, and earned Underclass All-American Honorable Mention honors in both 2017 and 2018. In addition, the organization also lists Smith as the No. 21 overall prospect and the eighth-best right-handed pitcher in the state of Pennsylvania.
A two-sport athlete, Smith also competed in basketball, letting three years of his prep career as a point guard. He was selected as the All-Tournament MVP at the J. Church Classic. Smith is an active member of his community, serving as a volunteer assistant coach for a youth basketball program, along with being a camp counselor.
Smith is part of Duke’s 12-member 2019 recruiting class along with LHP Michael Foltz (Myrtle Beach, N.C.), 1B/OF Britt Fuller (Charlotte, N.C.), RHP Marcus Johnson (Fontana, Calif.), INF/RHP Thomas Keehn (Highland, Md.), LHP Clark Klitenic (Bethesda, Md.), C Chad Knight (Westport, Conn.), INF Grant Norris (Somerset, Pa.), INF Graham Pauley (Milton, Ga.), OF Sam Siani (Glendale, Pa.), RHP Billy Seidl (Wellesley, Mass.) and RHP Henry Williams (Darien, Conn.). GoDuke.com is set to release details on all 12 of the newest Blue Devils in the coming weeks.