We all know how extraordinarily talented Ohio State receiver, Jaxon Smith-Njigba is. We’ve been a witness since the fall of 2020 when he hauled in a ridiculous tightrope catch as a freshman against Nebraska. And of course the record-breaking performance in the Rose Bowl earlier this year. But apparently, Jaxon isn’t the only one in the Smith-Njigba family with athletic prowess.
Jaxon’s older brother, Canaan Smith-Njigba, has been called up to the major leagues today. The elder brother has been with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have liked what they have seen so far and will give the outfielder a chance to prove he belongs.
Assuming he plays, this will be Canaan Smith-Njigba’s MLB debut.
Canaan Smith-Njigba, the older brother of Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, gets the call to the major leagues from the Pittsburgh Pirates. https://t.co/APQLRx8N6X
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) June 13, 2022
Smith-Njigba has earned his shot. So far in 184 plate appearances, the prospect is hitting .277 with 15 doubles, three triples, 1 home run, 19 RBI, and a .387 on-base percentage.
Good luck to the older brother of the Ohio State star. Clearly, the athletic genes run deep in the Smith-Njigba family.