RotoWire Partners

Justin Smoak

27-Year-Old First Baseman – Seattle Mariners

2014 Stats

AVG

.245

HR

2

RBI

9

R

7

SB

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

AVG

HR

RBI

R

SB

2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

With nearly 2,000 major-league plate appearances, it's probably time to just accept Smoak for what he is - a streaky, low-average hitter with a bit of power who struggles with contact and can't hit l...

Read more about Justin Smoak

LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 230   DOB: 12/5/1986   BORN: Goose Creek, SC   COLLEGE: South Carolina   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

$

Justin Smoak Contract Information:

Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in February 2014 to avoid arbitration. The deal includes a vesting option for 2015 that requires Smoak to log 525 plate appearances in 2014.

April 2, 2014  –  Justin Smoak News

▼ More

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

+ Add To Watchlist

Smoak homered and singled Wednesday as he continued his hot start to the season.

To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Justin Smoak – simply subscribe now.

Justin Smoak Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats       Show 5x5 Stats OnlyShow All Statistics       Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2008 21 A Cli 14 62 56 9 17 6 3 0 3 6 0 0 5 10 0 1 0 .304 .355 .518 .873
2009 22 R AZL 2 7 6 3 4 3 0 1 2 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .667 .714 2.000 2.714
2009 22 AA FRI 49 222 178 30 58 16 10 0 6 29 0 0 39 35 0 2 3 .326 .450 .483 .933
2009 22 AAA OKL 54 237 197 25 48 15 11 0 4 23 0 0 35 45 0 2 3 .244 .363 .360 .723
2010 23 AAA Okl 15 66 50 10 15 8 6 0 2 5 0 0 16 8 0 0 0 .300 .470 .540 1.010
2010 23 AAA Tac 35 159 133 23 36 14 7 0 7 25 0 0 23 32 0 2 1 .271 .377 .481 .858
2010 23 MAJ SEA 30 122 113 11 27 9 4 0 5 14 0 0 8 34 0 1 0 .239 .287 .407 .694
2010 23 MAJ TEX 70 275 235 29 49 18 10 0 8 34 1 0 38 57 0 2 0 .209 .316 .353 .670
2010  (Multiple Teams) 23 MAJ SEA/TEX 100 397 348 40 76 27 14 0 13 48 1 0 46 91 0 3 0 .218 .307 .371 .678
2011 24 AAA Tac 4 15 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 .000 .267 .000 .267
2011 24 MAJ SEA 123 489 427 38 100 39 24 0 15 55 0 0 55 105 0 4 3 .234 .323 .396 .719
2012 25 AAA Tac 20 82 66 10 16 7 6 1 0 4 1 0 16 16 0 0 0 .242 .390 .364 .754
2012 25 MAJ SEA 132 535 483 49 105 33 14 0 19 51 1 0 49 111 0 2 1 .217 .290 .364 .654
2013 26 AAA Tac 5 22 21 2 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 .238 .273 .333 .606
2013 26 MAJ SEA 131 521 454 53 108 39 19 0 20 50 0 0 64 119 0 1 2 .238 .334 .412 .746
2014 27 MAJ SEA 14 58 53 7 13 6 4 0 2 9 0 1 5 17 0 0 0 .245 .310 .434 .744
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Justin Smoak
3-Year Averages MAJ   128 514 454 46 104 37 19 0 18 52 0 0 56 111 0 2 2 .229 .315 .390 .705
Career  (View All) MAJ   500 2000 1765 187 402 144 75 0 69 213 2 1 219 443 0 10 6 .228 .314 .388 .701

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

No No Yes
Justin Smoak Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 16 @Tex 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .310 .434 .744
Apr. 15 @Tex 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .315 .449 .764
Apr. 14 @Tex 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .320 .467 .787
Apr. 13 Oak 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .220 .304 .439 .743
Apr. 12 Oak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .326 .474 .800
Apr. 11 Oak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .359 .529 .888
Apr. 9 LAA 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .400 .600 1.000
Apr. 8 LAA 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .387 .643 1.030
Apr. 6 @Oak 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .292 .370 .625 .995
Apr. 5 @Oak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .348 .667 1.015
Apr. 4 @Oak Did not play.
Apr. 3 @Oak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .353 .421 .824 1.245
Apr. 2 @LAA 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .462 .500 1.077 1.577
Apr. 1 @LAA 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .556 1.125 1.681
Mar. 31 @LAA 4 3 2 1 0 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .600 1.500 2.100
Last 7 Days 25 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 .160 .222 .200 .422
Last 14 Days 49 4 11 3 0 1 6 4 16 0 1 0 0 0 .224 .283 .347 .630
Last 30 Days 53 7 13 4 0 2 9 5 17 0 1 0 0 0 .245 .310 .434 .744

Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Justin Smoak

<a href='/baseball/showArticle.htm?id=20085'>Rounding Third: Week 2 Primer, FAAB Results</a>

Rounding Third: Week 2 Primer, FAAB Results

Matt Kemp had a huge game Sunday night, but he and the Dodgers have only five games this week. See what else is noteworthy on the schedule, and the results from bidding in the NFBC and major expert leagues this week.

More Justin Smoak Articles   View Last 30

FAAB Factor-AL: On the Right Foot  

Behind the Numbers: Closer Roulette  

Collette Calls: AL Tout Review  

2014 Mariners Team Preview: Here Comes Cano  

Justin Smoak: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 14
2013 125 3
2012 131 1
2011 108 12
2010 94 5

Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▼ Advanced Stats

Justin Smoak Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013146102110.192.274.548
2012170157171.235.400.703
2011127124130.252.394.720

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133084318390.260.477.839
20123133412340.208.345.627
20113002611420.227.397.719

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013229259280.223.389.711
2012232174181.198.289.558
20111962010300.224.439.771

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20132252811220.253.436.782
20122513215330.235.434.743
2011231185250.242.359.674
Justin Smoak Advanced Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats      Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2008 21 A Cli 62 56 8.1% 16.1% 0.50 82% .326 .214
2009 22 R AZL 7 6 14.3% 14.3% 1.00 83% .667 1.333
2009 22 AA FRI 222 178 17.6% 15.8% 1.11 80% .380 .157
2009 22 AAA OKL 237 197 14.8% 19% 0.78 77% .297 .116
2010 23 AAA Okl 66 50 24.2% 12.1% 2.00 84% .325 .240
2010 23 AAA Tac 159 133 14.5% 20.1% 0.72 76% .309 .210
2010 23 MAJ SEA 122 113 6.6% 27.9% 0.24 70% .297 .168
2010 23 MAJ TEX 275 235 13.8% 20.7% 0.67 76% .241 .144
2010  (Multiple Teams) 23 MAJ SEA/TEX 397 348 11.6% 22.9% 0.51 74% .258 .153
2011 24 AAA Tac 15 11 20% 6.7% 3.00 91% .000 .000
2011 24 MAJ SEA 489 427 11.2% 21.5% 0.52 75% .277 .162
2012 25 AAA Tac 82 66 19.5% 19.5% 1.00 76% .320 .122
2012 25 MAJ SEA 535 483 9.2% 20.7% 0.44 77% .244 .147
2013 26 AAA Tac 22 21 0% 22.7% 0.00 76% .313 .095
2013 26 MAJ SEA 521 454 12.3% 22.8% 0.54 74% .279 .174
2014 27 MAJ SEA 58 53 8.6% 29.3% 0.29 68% .324 .189
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Justin Smoak
3-Year Averages MAJ   514 454 10.9% 21.6% 0.50 76% .265 .161
Career MAJ   2000 1765 11% 22.2% 0.49 75% .266 .160

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▲ Games By Position

No No

2014 Stat Review for Justin Smoak    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

Explain This

.245 AVG
WEAK
68% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.324 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

Explain This

.434 SLG
GOOD
.189 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

Explain This

0.29 BB/K
POOR
8.6% BB Rate
GOOD
29.3% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

Explain This

.744 OPS
AVERAGE
.310 OBP
WEAK

Seattle Mariners Roster

Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Justin Smoak (by OPS, min 5 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Chris Archer TB 5 3 1 3 0 1 0 .600 1.200 1.800
Colby Lewis TEX 9 5 1 1 0 3 0 .556 1.111 1.667
Felipe Paulino CHI-A 6 3 1 2 0 1 0 .500 1.167 1.667
Joe Saunders TEX 6 3 1 2 0 0 0 .500 1.167 1.667
Jeff Francis CIN 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 .800 .800 1.600
Scott Feldman HOU 11 5 2 5 3 2 0 .455 1.000 1.571
Justin Verlander DET 10 4 2 4 2 6 0 .400 1.000 1.500
Zack Greinke LA 5 2 1 1 1 1 0 .400 1.000 1.500
Dan Hudson AZ 5 2 1 1 0 2 0 .400 1.000 1.400
Scott Downs CHI-A 8 4 1 2 0 1 0 .500 .875 1.375

Worst Matchups for Justin Smoak (by OPS, min 5 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Joel Pineiro CHI-N 9 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Anibal Sanchez DET 9 0 0 0 0 4 1 .000 .000 .000
Mark Lowe CLE 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Fernando Rodney SEA 6 0 0 1 0 3 1 .000 .000 .000
Brett Cecil TOR 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Sean Doolittle OAK 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Luke Gregerson OAK 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Jordan Walden ATL 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Johnson SD 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Tomlin CLE 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Advanced Stats      ▲ Games By Position

Justin Smoak: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Smoak, who has two doubles, a home run and six RBI in his first two games, has focused on keeping his hands in the strike zone longer for a more compact swing that helps him pull the ball better, the Seattle Times reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Smoak had two hits, including a bases-clearing double, Tuesday against the Angels, giving him six RBI in his first two games this season.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Smoak doubled and hit a three-run homer in Seattle's season-opening win at the Angels.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Manager Lloyd McClendon reiterated Monday that Smoak will be the Mariners' primary first baseman to open the season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Smoak has been told that the starting first base job is his to lose, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. "I told him he's my first baseman," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I told him that this winter. Having said that, he still has to go out and perform. I like what I see (this spring) from him. He's doing a pretty darn good job."

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Smoak signed a one-year contract with the Mariners on Saturday to avoid arbitration, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. The deal includes a vesting option for 2015 that requires Smoak to log 525 plate appearances in 2014.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.

RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

Subscribe now to see our 2014 outlook.

2013

Smoak entered last season needing to prove he was the long-term answer at first base for the Mariners. He spent most of the season, though, just trying to prove he was better than the Mendoza Line. The Mariners finally had enough by late July and sent him to Triple-A with a .189 average. He returned in mid-August with a shortened swing and finished the season with a flourish, hitting .394 with a 1.177 OPS and five homers in his final 18 games. It was an encouraging finish, but it wasn't the only time he got hot last year. In fact, he looked like he had found his swing with a month-long hot streak early in the season only to then slump to a .394 OPS (not a misprint) in the 39 games before his demotion. Ultimately, Smoak did not prove what he needed to last season, and the Mariners appear to have given up on him, acquiring Kendrys Morales to handle the bulk of first-base duty and Mike Morse, who can back up first if needed. Smoak is headed back to Triple-A if he isn't traded.

2012

After a promising start to the season, Smoak's 2011 turned rocky by early summer. He struggled through July, watching his average drop nearly 50 points from its late-June high of .264. He played only three games in August because of separate injuries. And all that came after his father passed away earlier in the year. Instead of solidifying his spot in the middle of the lineup, Smoak still has questions to answer. The Mariners are in the market for more power, but if they sign a first baseman, Smoak likely would be kept around as the DH. Either way, Smoak has something to prove in 2012.

2011

Smoak was the centerpiece of the Cliff Lee deal last season, heading to Seattle with the opportunity to be a middle-of-the-order power bat and first baseman for the foreseeable future. He struggled at times with Texas after his callup, and then the Mariners sent him to Triple-A after a .439 OPS in 16 games. He returned in mid-September and warmed up over the final 10 games with 15 hits, three doubles, three homers, nine RBI and seven walks. If he can carry that over to 2011, he'll be in fine shape. If not, he'll have plenty of time to figure things out as he has first base all to himself.

2010

Smoak struggled at Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting just .244/.363/.360 in 197 at-bats following a decent showing at Double-A Frisco (.326/.450/.483 in 178 at-bats). He continues to show an excellent batting eye, drawing 52 walks and fanning just 55 times in 375 at-bats on the season. The lack of power is a tad troubling, though we'll give him another go at Triple-A Oklahoma City before we get too concerned. Where he fits in behind Chris Davis once he arrives in Texas will largely depend on how each player progresses over the next 12-18 months.

2009

Smoak draw comparisons to Chipper Jones and Mark Teixeira after being a first-round pick in June, and his brief pro debut (.304/.355/.518 in 56 at-bats) at Low-A Clinton was solid after agreeing to terms right at the deadline in early August. His AFL campaign was solid as well, and he should see time at Double-A Frisco by year's end. Where he fits long-term with Chris Davis at first base remains to be seen, but it's a nice problem to have.