Will Smith

Will Smith

26-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Smith began the season in a timeshare with Austin Barnes. On Aug. 14, he was placed on the IL with a sore neck, slashing just .188/.341/.406 at the time. There were signs Smith would snap out of it as he was only fanning at a 12.2% clip while walking at a 19.5% pace to that point. Smith was back in action after the minimum stay and things began to click. The backstop slashed .329/.427/.646 after returning, playing nearly every day by season's end. He led all catchers over 100 PA with a 163 wRC+, supported by a Statcast ranking in the pertinent categories of at least 80th percentile, most 88th or higher. Smith will be challenged to match that over a full season, and needs to work on his framing, but he's still one of best hitting catchers in the league, slotting in the meat of the Dodgers' lineup. Despite subpar defense, a case can be made for Smith being the second-best catcher in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#101
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in May of 2019.
Swats home run in win
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 13, 2021
Smith went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double, a walk and a strikeout in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 4 of the NLDS.
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Smith was one of six Dodgers to record multiple hits in Tuesday's victory, and he displayed plenty of power. The catcher has logged hits in each of the first four games in the NLDS and has gone 6-for-15 with two home runs, two doubles, three runs and three RBI during that time.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
25
38
13
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
5
5
6
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+49%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .737 242 29 9 22 3 .236 .322 .415
Since 2019vs Right .947 580 91 37 116 2 .271 .379 .567
2021vs Left .732 138 18 6 11 2 .231 .319 .413
2021vs Right .912 363 53 19 65 1 .270 .383 .529
2020vs Left .841 40 4 0 4 0 .294 .400 .441
2020vs Right .974 85 15 6 16 0 .271 .388 .586
2019vs Left .685 64 7 3 7 1 .211 .281 .404
2019vs Right 1.019 132 23 12 35 1 .274 .364 .655
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .925 400 61 27 65 1 .257 .365 .560
Since 2019Away .870 430 63 21 78 4 .269 .367 .503
2021Home .909 230 33 13 32 1 .253 .383 .527
2021Away .820 271 38 12 44 2 .263 .351 .469
2020Home 1.125 71 14 7 15 0 .317 .408 .717
2020Away .879 62 9 1 10 0 .280 .419 .460
2019Home .816 99 14 7 18 0 .227 .293 .523
2019Away 1.003 97 16 8 24 2 .280 .381 .622
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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
0.57
 
BB Rate
11.6%
 
K Rate
20.2%
 
BABIP
.274
 
ISO
.237
 
AVG
.258
 
OBP
.365
 
SLG
.495
 
OPS
.860
 
wOBA
.371
 
Exit Velocity
83.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.5%
 
Barrels/PA
8.3%
 
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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.
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Takes seat Friday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 1, 2021
Smith isn't starting Friday's game against Milwaukee, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Out of lineup
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 26, 2021
Smith will sit Sunday against Arizona, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Resting Thursday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 23, 2021
Smith is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rockies.
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Slugs 25th homer
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 20, 2021
Smith went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday in an 8-5 win over the Reds.
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Sitting Saturday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 18, 2021
Smith is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against Cincinnati, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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