Will Smith
Will Smith
25-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Austin Riley is the first to come to mind when thinking of players who started hot upon arrival before fading, but Smith followed a similar path. After getting the call to be the Dodgers' primary backstop in late July, Smith went off for nine homers in 19 games, driving in 25 runs in 62 at-bats. He then hit .183/.277/.305 over his final 26 regular-season games and ended his year by going 1-for-13 in the NLCS. Smith's strong strikeout rate from Triple-A did not carry over, as he fanned at a 26.5% clip with the major-league team, though it's important to note that Smith has a history of making adjustments and cutting down on his K-rate in his second go at a level. A first-round pick in 2016, Smith has always been able to take a walk and he's a plus behind the plate. There's upside here but downside too, as the Dodgers may not be patient if Smith starts in a similar fashion to how he finished 2019. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in May of 2019.
Could split backstop duties
CLos Angeles Dodgers
March 17, 2020
Smith could find himself in a timeshare behind the plate when the regular season begins, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith entered spring training with a firm grasp on primary catcher duties, but that may have changed after he went only 3-for-21 (.143) in Cactus League play. Meanwhile, his main competition for backstop duties, Austin Barnes, posted a 1.033 OPS during spring contests. While manager Dave Roberts stated that the pair is part of a "partnership" behind the plate, a general idea of how playing time will be divided remains unclear.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
9
6
10
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
1
1
5
3
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+49%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+49%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .685 64 7 3 7 1 .211 .281 .404
Since 2017vs Right 1.019 132 23 12 35 1 .274 .364 .655
2019vs Left .685 64 7 3 7 1 .211 .281 .404
2019vs Right 1.019 132 23 12 35 1 .274 .364 .655
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .816 99 14 7 18 0 .227 .293 .523
Since 2017Away 1.003 97 16 8 24 2 .280 .381 .622
2019Home .816 99 14 7 18 0 .227 .293 .523
2019Away 1.003 97 16 8 24 2 .280 .381 .622
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Will Smith compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.35
 
BB Rate
9.2%
 
K Rate
26.5%
 
BABIP
.264
 
ISO
.318
 
AVG
.253
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.571
 
OPS
.907
 
wOBA
.385
 
Exit Velocity
89.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.6%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
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Heads to bench for Game 3
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 6, 2019
Smith is out of the lineup Sunday for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Nationals, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Knocks 15th home run in finale
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 29, 2019
Smith went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in the Dodgers' 9-0 win over the Giants on Sunday.
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Day off Saturday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 28, 2019
Smith is not in the lineup Saturday against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to bench
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 25, 2019
Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
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Snaps home run drought
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 22, 2019
Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in a win over the Rockies on Sunday.
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