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Justin Smoak

31-Year-Old First Baseman – Toronto Blue Jays

2018 Stats

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.245

HR

16

RBI

52

R

43

SB

0

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Smoak, long considered a bust as a first-round pick, went off for a career-high 38 home runs last season, and it's rather difficult to poke holes in his performance. In his age-30 campaign, Smoak trim...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 220   DOB: 12/5/1986   BORN: Goose Creek, SC   COLLEGE: South Carolina   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Justin Smoak Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Blue Jays in December of 2014.

July 13, 2018  –  Justin Smoak News

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Smoak went 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and one walk in Friday's victory over Boston.

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Justin Smoak Stats
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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 AAA TAC 56 249 205 29 69 20 13 0 7 40 0 2 33 41 0 8 3 .337 .422 .502 .924
2014 27 MAJ SEA 80 276 248 28 50 20 13 0 7 30 0 1 24 66 0 2 2 .202 .275 .339 .614
2015 28 MAJ TOR 132 328 296 44 67 35 16 1 18 59 0 0 29 86 0 1 2 .226 .299 .470 .769
2016 29 MAJ TOR 126 341 299 33 65 24 10 0 14 34 1 0 40 112 0 0 2 .217 .314 .391 .705
2017 30 MAJ TOR 158 637 560 85 151 68 29 1 38 90 0 1 73 128 0 2 2 .270 .355 .529 .884
2018 31 MAJ TOR 88 368 306 43 75 40 24 0 16 52 0 1 56 91 0 3 3 .245 .364 .480 .844
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3-Year Averages     138 435 385 54 94 41 18 0 23 61 0 0 47 108 0 1 2 .244 .329 .470 .799
Career  (View All)     1070 3,892 3,421 413 797 325 163 2 160 469 3 3 436 909 0 18 17 .233 .321 .422 .743

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Justin Smoak Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jul. 15 @Bos 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .364 .480 .844
Jul. 14 @Bos 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .365 .483 .848
Jul. 13 @Bos 5 2 3 0 0 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .368 .490 .858
Jul. 12 @Bos 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .363 .468 .831
Jul. 11 @Atl 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .364 .467 .831
Jul. 10 @Atl 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .362 .458 .820
Jul. 8 NYY 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .362 .450 .812
Jul. 7 NYY 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .360 .446 .806
Jul. 6 NYY 3 1 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .358 .442 .800
Jul. 4 NYM 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .354 .428 .782
Jul. 3 NYM 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .358 .434 .792
Jul. 2 Det 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .359 .439 .798
Jul. 1 Det 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .357 .439 .796
Jun. 30 Det 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .359 .438 .797
Jun. 29 Det 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .360 .430 .790
Jun. 27 @Hou 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .358 .419 .777
Jun. 26 @Hou 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 .233 .358 .419 .777
Jun. 25 @Hou 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .236 .360 .424 .784
Jun. 24 @LAA 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .236 .361 .423 .784
Jun. 23 @LAA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .354 .409 .763
Jun. 22 @LAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .354 .409 .763
Jun. 21 @LAA 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .359 .416 .775
Jun. 20 Atl 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .360 .415 .775
Jun. 19 Atl 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .358 .416 .774
Jun. 17 Was 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .225 .356 .410 .766
Jun. 16 Was 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .359 .413 .772
Jun. 15 Was 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .231 .364 .421 .785
Jun. 13 @TB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .366 .417 .783
Jun. 12 @TB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .371 .425 .796
Jun. 11 @TB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .373 .431 .804
Last 7 Games 28 4 9 2 0 4 7 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .406 .821 1.227
Last 14 Games 50 8 15 4 0 6 13 7 11 0 0 0 1 0 .300 .379 .740 1.119
Last 30 Games 98 12 25 10 0 7 19 13 27 0 1 0 1 0 .255 .339 .571 .910

Justin Smoak: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 85 4
2017 151 2
2016 111
2015 110 4
2014 79
2013 125 3
2012 131 1
2011 108 12
2010 94 5

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Justin Smoak Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201810784150.262.430.774
2017124167180.331.565.977
20168610391.209.337.621

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20181993512370.236.508.882
20174366931720.252.518.856
20162132311250.221.413.738

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018163217280.245.466.829
20172774419470.271.531.892
20161642410210.226.433.754

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018143229240.245.497.863
20172834119430.269.527.874
201613594131.207.341.646
Justin Smoak vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Justin Smoak Advanced Stats
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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% .318 .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% .374 .157
2009 22 AAA OKL 237 197 14.8% 19% 0.78 77% .293 .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% .302 .210
2010 23 MAJ SEA 122 113 6.6% 27.9% 0.24 70% .293 .168
2010 23 MAJ TEX 275 235 13.8% 20.7% 0.67 76% .238 .144
2010  (Multiple Teams) 23 MAJ SEA/TEX 397 348 11.6% 22.9% 0.51 74% .255 .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% .273 .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% .242 .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% .278 .174
2014 27 AAA TAC 249 205 13.3% 16.5% 0.80 80% .376 .165
2014 27 MAJ SEA 276 248 8.7% 23.9% 0.36 73% .243 .137
2015 28 MAJ TOR 328 296 8.8% 26.2% 0.34 71% .254 .244
2016 29 MAJ TOR 341 299 11.7% 32.8% 0.36 63% .295 .174
2017 30 MAJ TOR 637 560 11.5% 20.1% 0.57 77% .285 .259
2018 31 MAJ TOR 368 306 15.2% 24.7% 0.62 70% .292 .235
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3-Year Averages     435 385 10.8% 24.8% 0.44 72% .278 .226
Career     3,892 3,421 11.2% 23.4% 0.48 73% .269 .189

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Justin Smoak Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
1B 2017 1301.3 1 14 2 0 1 -1 -1 0 0 0 0
2018 726 4 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Justin Smoak    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.62 BB/K
GOOD
15.2% BB Rate
ELITE
24.7% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.844 OPS
GREAT
.364 OBP
GREAT
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.245 AVG
WEAK
.292 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.480 SLG
GOOD
.235 ISO
GREAT

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

Smoak went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in Friday's 6-2 victory over the Yankees.

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Smoak is not starting Monday against the Tigers.

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Smoak went 1-for-4 with a walkoff home run Saturday against the Tigers.

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Smoak went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer in Friday's 3-2 win over the Tigers.

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Smoak is not in the lineup against Houston on Wednesday.

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Smoak is not starting Saturday against the Angels, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Smoak is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

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Smoak is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles.

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Smoak went 3-for-5 with one double, a two-run home run and three RBI during Sunday's 8-4 win over the Tigers.

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Smoak went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Toronto's 6-5 victory over Philadelphia on Friday.

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Smoak is not in Thursday's starting lineup against the Angels, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Smoak went 2-for-5 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 12-1 shellacking of the Mets.

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Smoak (personal) was reinstated from the paternity list and will start at first base and bat fourth Sunday against the Rays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Smoak looked primed for a big 2016 when platoon-mate Chris Colabello was suspended in April for violating the league's substance abuse policy. However, Smoak couldn't capitalize on the opportunity and found himself regularly sitting on the bench by season's end. He had a strong May (.309 with five homers), but hit just .176 with nine home runs in the other five months combined. The first baseman struggled so much that manager John Gibbons reluctantly moved the defensively-challenged Edwin Encarnacion from DH to an everyday job in the field. Smoak's 32.8 percent strikeout rate was the sixth highest in all of MLB for players with at least 330 plate appearances. Steve Pearce will start against lefties and Rowdy Tellez, one of the Jays' top prospects, could give Smoak a run for his money by midseason.

2016

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 first base and provides a nice platoon bat. Chris Colabello came out of nowhere and finding him at-bats became increasingly difficult due to Smoak’s strong play. Smoak, Colabello and Edwin Encarnacion should split time at first base and designated hitter, though Smoak may end up seeing the shortest end of that stick. His defense and switch-hitting abilities will find him as a late-inning replacement, particularly when Encarnacion is manning first, but is the worst hitter of their three options.

2015

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.

2014

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.

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.