Smith
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.301
HR
2
RBI
29
R
48
SB
26
 
 
 
 
 
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-pounde... read more
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.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: L    Throws: R    HT: 5'10"    WT: 180 lbs.    DOB: 5/6/1993    College: Santa Fe (FL) CC    Drafted: 5th Rd in 2012
Not starting Saturday
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 18, 2018
Smith is on the bench Saturday against Boston.
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2018 Stat Review for Mallex Smith
0.49 BB/K
GOOD
9.2 % BB Rate
GOOD
18.6 % K Rate
GOOD
0.800 OPS
GOOD
0.374 OBP
ELITE
0.301 AVG
GREAT
0.375 BABIP
HIGH
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Catcher
  1. 1. MichaelM. Perez (L)
  2. X. JesusJ. Sucre (R) Day-To-Day
First Baseman
  1. 1. JakeJ. Bauers (L)
  2. 2. C.J.C. Cron (R)
  3. 3. Ji-ManJ. Choi (L)
Second Baseman
  1. 1. JoeyJ. Wendle (L)
  2. 2. BrandonB. Lowe (L)
  3. 3. WillyW. Adames (R)
  4. X. DanielD. Robertson (R) 10-Day DL
Third Baseman
  1. 1. MattM. Duffy (R)
  2. 2. JoeyJ. Wendle (L)
  3. X. DanielD. Robertson (R) 10-Day DL
Shortstop
  1. 1. WillyW. Adames (R)
  2. 2. JoeyJ. Wendle (L)
  3. X. DanielD. Robertson (R) 10-Day DL
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  1. Mallex Smith 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Mallex Smith 2017 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  3. Mallex Smith 2016 Preseason Outlook
    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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Not starting Saturday
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 18, 2018
Smith is on the bench Saturday against Boston.
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Another stolen base in win
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 17, 2018
Smith went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs in a win over the Yankees on Thursday.
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Rare power display against Yankees
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 15, 2018
Smith went 3-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Yankees.
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Hits RBI triple
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 10, 2018
Smith went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, a walk and a run in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.
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Continues on offensive heater in win
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 10, 2018
Smith went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.
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