29-Year-Old First Baseman – Toronto Blue Jays
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After a disastrous 2014 season, Smoak found new digs north of the border and put together a strong season. While a sub-.300 on-base percentage is less than ideal, Smoak is an excellent defender at fir...
Justin Smoak Contract Information:
Smoak agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract extension with the Blue Jays in July of 2016.
Smoak was added to the ALCS roster on Saturday, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
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|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|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Justin Smoak||3-Year Averages||114||374||332||41||75||31||16||0||15||46||0||0||39||90||0||1||2||.226||.310||.410||.720|
|Career (View All)||824||2,887||2,555||285||571||217||110||1||106||327||3||1||307||690||0||13||12||.223||.308||.392||.700|
|Oct. 2||@Bos||Did not play.|
|Oct. 1||@Bos||Did not play.|
|Sep. 29||Bal||Did not play.|
|Sep. 25||NYY||Did not play.|
|Sep. 24||NYY||Did not play.|
|Sep. 19||@Sea||Did not play.|
|Sep. 18||@LAA||Did not play.|
|Sep. 13||TB||Did not play.|
|Sep. 12||TB||Did not play.|
|Sep. 11||Bos||Did not play.|
|Sep. 7||@NYY||Did not play.|
|Sep. 5||@NYY||Did not play.|
|Sep. 3||@TB||Did not play.|
|Sep. 2||@TB||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||7||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||1||0||0||.000||.222||.000||.222|
|Last 14 Games||8||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||2||0||0||1||0||0||.125||.417||.125||.542|
|Last 30 Games||18||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||5||0||0||1||0||1||.056||.292||.056||.348|
Justin Smoak: MLB Games Played By Position
Justin Smoak Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2010 (Multiple Teams)||23||MAJ||SEA/TEX||397||348||11.6%||22.9%||0.51||74%||.258||.153|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Justin Smoak||3-Year Averages||374||332||10.4%||24.1%||0.43||73%||.264||.184|
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Toronto Blue Jays Roster
MajorsBarnes, Danny (P)
AAAAdams, David (2B)
AABerken, Jason (P)
A+Alford, Anthony (OF)
RookieBichette, Bo (SS)
Justin Smoak: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Smoak, the centerpiece of the return package from the Rangers for Cliff Lee in 2010, hit just .224/.309/.380 with 66 homers in parts of five seasons with the Mariners. Seattle finally gave up on him last season, and he was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in October. He posted a career-low .614 OPS in 80 games with the Mariners in 2014, but he'll at least provide Toronto with some depth and could make a run at semi-regular playing time, with Adam Lind shipped off to Milwaukee in the offseason.
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 lefties despite switch-hitting. His batting average likely will always be feeble as long as his contract rate remains in the mid-70s (74 percent last season). He has home-run power but last year's .412 slugging percentage was a career high. His hot streaks, such as the one he went on last year after he came off the disabled list, are usually propelled by inflated BABIP and flyball rates that eventually normalize. Sure, he can draw some walks, but he's useless against lefties (.192/.274/.548 last season). Perhaps the Rangers knew what they were doing when they traded him to the Mariners in 2010 for Cliff Lee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.