Roger Smithberg was a second round Padres pick in the 1987 MLB Amateur Draft from Bradley University. A 6-foot-3 right-hander, he began his Padres career with the Class A, California League Riverside Red Wave, going 9-2 with a 3.31 ERA.Unfortunately, that would be his best season within the Friars farm system. The Pads expected the best in 1990 until a strained elbow ligament limited his workload. However, after three years of bouncing up-and-down between Class A+ and AAA he compiled a 34-49 record. In April 1992, the Padres released him.
The Oakland A’s picked him up as a free agent two months later. He made his MLB debut with them in September 1993, relieving starter Mike Mohler against the World-Series champion Toronto Blue Jays. Going three innings, he gave up only two hits, with no strikeouts or walks.He pitched two more games for Oakland in 1994, giving up four earned runs in 2.1 innings. He ended his professional career later that year with AAA Tacoma.
Today, Smithberg is a Senior Vice President for David A. Noyes and Company, a Chicago-based investment company.