Will Smith

Will Smith

27-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Smith made a statement upon arrival to the majors and has quickly established himself among the top handful of catchers in the league. He's done it by hitting about 25 homers over a full season with an acceptable batting average (career .262). He's had two short seasons and one full one so far and the results have been consistent. While his flyball approach will limit his batting average (career 29.6 GB%), he keeps getting on base with an 11.5 BB%. He has major upside if/when the league implements the designated hitter in the National League. Instead of having to rest on his off days from catching, he can fill in as the DH. Smith has the talent to be the league's top catcher and the big difference between him and the catchers being taken after him is that he can make a huge difference by season's end. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#55
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in May of 2019.
Serving as designated hitter
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 14, 2022
Smith (pectoral) will bat cleanup and serve as the designated hitter Saturday against the Phillies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Smith hit the bench Friday due to a minor pectoral issue, with reports at the time indicating that he'd return as the designated hitter Saturday. That's indeed the case, with Austin Barnes set for another start behind the plate, but Smith is reportedly already penciled in as the catcher for the Dodgers' next three games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
6
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .764 204 27 7 19 2 .253 .343 .421
Since 2020vs Right .897 515 77 26 93 1 .267 .381 .517
2022vs Left .819 26 5 1 4 0 .304 .385 .435
2022vs Right .727 67 9 1 12 0 .246 .358 .368
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .940 351 55 21 57 1 .273 .390 .550
Since 2020Away .813 376 53 14 60 2 .260 .359 .454
2022Home .819 50 8 1 10 0 .302 .400 .419
2022Away .677 43 6 1 6 0 .216 .326 .351
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
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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.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a batter in feet per second.
BB/K
0.80
 
BB Rate
12.9%
 
K Rate
16.1%
 
BABIP
.302
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.263
 
OBP
.366
 
SLG
.388
 
OPS
.753
 
wOBA
.340
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.2%
 
Barrels/PA
6.3%
 
Sprint Speed
24.3
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
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.
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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Managing pectoral issue
CLos Angeles Dodgers
Pectoral
May 13, 2022
Smith is managing a pectoral issue but will return to the lineup Saturday against the Phillies, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Not starting Friday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 13, 2022
Smith will sit Friday against the Phillies, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Knocks in three runs Thursday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 13, 2022
Smith went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run and three RBI in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.
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Returns to lineup
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 11, 2022
Smith (pectoral) is starting Wednesday against the Pirates.
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Tending to minor pectoral injury
CLos Angeles Dodgers
Pectoral
May 10, 2022
Manager Dave Roberts said Smith is being held out of the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates due to a right pectoral injury, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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