Mallex Smith
Mallex Smith
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Rays' crowded outfield and Smith's struggles led to three demotions to Triple-A in 2017. For the season, he went only 16-for-24 on the bases (66.7 percent). Smith must improve his efficiency or win a bigger role to maximize his 80-grade wheels. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder may display more pop eventually, but he currently lives off groundballs (career 54.7 percentage). Still, his walks (8.7 percent) make up for his shaky contact rate (72.2 percent), and the lefty bat's improvement against southpaws last year (.268 in 41 at-bats) bodes well for a consistently useful batting average, close to his .270 mark from last year. While Denard Span further complicates the outfield in Tampa Bay, the rebuilding Rays want to continue examining Smith, who turns 25 in May, and at his peak, could consistently rank among the best base stealers in the game. Such upside is always in fantasy demand, making Smith a risky but logical sleeper in deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
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Traded to Seattle
OFSeattle Mariners
November 8, 2018
The Rays traded Smith to the Mariners on Thursday along with Jake Fraley in exchange for Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia and Michael Plassmeyer.
Smith was previously a Mariner for a few hours in 2017 -- the M's acquired him from Atlanta but then flipped him to Tampa Bay for Drew Smyly. The outfielder went on to play close to every day for the Rays in 2018, hitting .296 and swiping 40 bags in 544 plate appearances. He should continue to play regularly for Seattle, and there's no doubt that he'll have the green light to run. In Tampa Bay, this cements Austin Meadows into a prominent role and would seem to give Brandon Lowe a shot to make the team.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .638 215 19 0 9 16 .256 .310 .328
Since 2016vs Right .754 826 107 7 65 56 .282 .355 .399
2018vs Left .817 115 12 0 5 13 .337 .384 .433
2018vs Right .761 429 53 2 35 27 .285 .362 .399
2017vs Left .603 43 5 0 1 2 .268 .286 .317
2017vs Right .699 239 28 2 11 14 .270 .336 .363
2016vs Left .299 57 2 0 3 1 .080 .179 .120
2016vs Right .819 158 26 3 19 15 .295 .365 .453
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Since 2016Home .800 536 70 3 41 45 .308 .383 .417
Since 2016Away .657 505 56 4 33 27 .245 .307 .350
2018Home .887 276 39 1 20 26 .347 .415 .471
2018Away .657 268 26 1 20 14 .244 .317 .340
2017Home .777 145 17 2 9 11 .299 .375 .402
2017Away .589 137 16 0 3 5 .240 .279 .310
2016Home .619 115 14 0 12 8 .222 .316 .303
2016Away .750 100 14 3 10 8 .256 .316 .433
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Smith is a one-tool player, but it is a special tool. He does not have power, but man does he have speed. He is one of the legitimate 80-tool speedsters in the league, which is what makes him so enticing at a time when stolen bases are becoming more and more scarce. Smith has stolen base totals of 64, 88 and 57 over his past three seasons in the minor leagues and threw in another 16 steals last year in 72 games with Atlanta. His season was shortened by a broken thumb but also had a tough time finding at-bats with Ender Inciarte, Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis eating up the playing time. The speedster's playing time situation is still fairly murky following a trade to Tampa Bay, as it's still unclear whether he'll act in strong side of a platoon in the outfield or if he'll be sent back to Triple-A for more consistent at-bats. Smith knows how to take a walk and can make contact, so the pieces are there for a 40-steal season with playing time as long as he can keep the bat in his hands and not have it knocked out with fastballs. Remember the Billy Hamilton learning curve.
Elite speed is Smith's calling card and that tool was on full display once again last season, as he swiped 57 bases in 70 attempts between Double-A and Triple-A after totaling 88 steals in 2014 and 64 in 2013. He coupled that speed with a strong approach and good contact skills, hitting above .300 with for a second straight season with a career-low 14.3% strikeout rate. Power will never be a big part of the package with Smith, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound center fielder, but he has the potential to be a solid three-category fantasy contributor in time. Offseason trade acquisition Ender Inciarte appears likely to open the year in center field for the big club, but Smith could push Inciarte to left by midseason if he gets off to a strong start while possibly earning a spot at or near the top of the Atlanta batting order.
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Swipes two bags
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 30, 2018
Smith went 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored, a walk and two stolen bases in Sunday's win over Toronto.
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Excels out of leadoff spot
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2018
Smith went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a stolen base and two runs in a loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.
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Steals another base
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 22, 2018
Smith went 2-for-5 with a double and his 36th stolen base of the season in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.
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Swipes pair of bags in loss
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 21, 2018
Smith went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run in a loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday.
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Out of lineup Tuesday
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 18, 2018
Smith is on the bench Tuesday against the Rangers.
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