Smoak
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.259
HR
18
RBI
59
R
50
SB
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy 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 trimmed his strikeout rate by more than 11 percentage points (to 20.1 percent)... read more
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 trimmed his strikeout rate by more than 11 percentage points (to 20.1 percent) while adding 138 points to his slugging percentage (.529 SLG). As Smoak explained to Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs, he learned to lay off more pitches outside the strike zone -- particularly the curveball -- and was better at making contact with pitches out of the zone when he did swing at them. While Smoak's batting average fell to .241 in the second half, he improved his walk rate considerably after the break (from 9.3 percent to 13.8 percent) while maintaining a strikeout rate right around 20 percent. He hit from both sides of the plate and his home/road splits were marginal. Playing time concerns are justified, but we're buying into Smoak's development as a player.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: B    Throws: L    HT: 6'4"    WT: 220 lbs.    DOB: 12/5/1986    College: South Carolina    Drafted: 1st Rd in 2008Show Contract
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Justin Smoak Contract Info:
Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Blue Jays in December of 2014.
Knocks three hits again
1BToronto Blue Jays
August 9, 2018
Smoak went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 8-5 win over Boston.
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2018 Stat Review for Justin Smoak
0.58 BB/K
GOOD
14.1 % BB Rate
ELITE
24.3 % K Rate
WEAK
0.843 OPS
GREAT
0.367 OBP
GREAT
0.259 AVG
WEAK
0.317 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
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First Baseman
  1. 1. JustinJ. Smoak (S)
  2. 2. KendrysK. Morales (S)
Second Baseman
  1. X. LourdesL. Gurriel (R) 10-Day DL
  2. 1. DevonD. Travis (R)
  3. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  4. X. BrandonB. Drury (R) 10-Day DL
  5. 2. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  6. 3. RichardR. Urena (S)
  7. 4. CurtisC. Granderson (L)
Third Baseman
  1. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  2. X. BrandonB. Drury (R) 10-Day DL
  3. 1. RussellR. Martin (R)
  4. 2. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  5. X. JoshJ. Donaldson (R) 60-Day DL
Shortstop
  1. 1. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  2. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  3. X. LourdesL. Gurriel (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 2. RichardR. Urena (S)
  5. 3. RussellR. Martin (R)
  6. X. TroyT. Tulowitzki (R) 60-Day DL
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  1. Justin Smoak 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Justin Smoak 2017 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  3. Justin Smoak 2016 Preseason 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 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.
  4. Justin Smoak 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Justin Smoak 2014 Preseason 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 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.
  6. Justin Smoak 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Justin Smoak 2012 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  8. Justin Smoak 2011 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  9. Justin Smoak 2010 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  10. Justin Smoak 2009 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Knocks three hits again
1BToronto Blue Jays
August 9, 2018
Smoak went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 8-5 win over Boston.
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Blasts 17th homer
1BToronto Blue Jays
August 1, 2018
Smoak went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.
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Day off against Athletics
1BToronto Blue Jays
July 30, 2018
Smoak is not in the lineup against Oakland on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Launches two homers
1BToronto Blue Jays
July 13, 2018
Smoak went 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and one walk in Friday's victory over Boston.
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Goes deep Friday
1BToronto Blue Jays
July 6, 2018
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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