Mallex Smith
Mallex Smith
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Tampa Bay moved Smith back to Seattle this offseason, which ups his fantasy appeal significantly. He grew as a hitter in his third season against big-league pitching, and you could see it as the season went on. Smith hit .284/.348/.388 in the first half with an 8% walk rate and 20% strikeout rate, but got smoking hot after the break to the tune of .311/.390/.429 line with a 10% walk rate and a 16% strikeout rate. Smith will at times try to do more with his bat than he can and will have lapses in the running game when he trusts his legs more than he should. He can man all three outfield positions, but only grades out decently in left field. Fortunately, Seattle doesn't have any better options in center field in 2019. Smith will likely hit leadoff and should be able to repeat 40 steals since he will have an everyday job at the top of the lineup. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
Sitting out again
OFSeattle Mariners
May 26, 2019
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Smith will sit for the second straight day while the Mariners continue to work with him on some swing adjustments, according to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle. Since returning from Triple-A Tacoma on May 16, Smith has gone 4-for-25 (.160 average) with nine strikeouts.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
16
1
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .713 189 22 0 6 16 .291 .341 .372
Since 2017vs Right .706 773 93 6 52 48 .264 .337 .369
2019vs Left .480 31 5 0 0 1 .148 .258 .222
2019vs Right .501 105 12 2 6 7 .168 .238 .263
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+34%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .808 495 65 5 33 40 .310 .380 .429
Since 2017Away .602 467 50 1 25 24 .227 .294 .308
2019Home .585 74 9 2 4 3 .194 .257 .328
2019Away .389 62 8 0 2 5 .127 .226 .164
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
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Stat Review
How does Mallex Smith compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
8.8%
 
K Rate
30.9%
 
BABIP
.228
 
ISO
.090
 
AVG
.164
 
OBP
.243
 
SLG
.254
 
OPS
.497
 
wOBA
.228
 
Exit Velocity
84.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
21.0%
 
Barrels/PA
1.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Heads to bench
OFSeattle Mariners
May 25, 2019
Smith is not in the lineup Saturday against Oakland.
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Sitting Tuesday
OFSeattle Mariners
May 21, 2019
Smith is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Stays hot in big loss
OFSeattle Mariners
May 19, 2019
Smith went 2-for-4 with a run in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.
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Blasts home run in return
OFSeattle Mariners
May 17, 2019
Smith went 1-for-4 in his return to the majors Thursday, belting a solo home run in his first at-bat during a loss to Minnesota.
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Starting immediately
OFSeattle Mariners
May 16, 2019
Smith is starting in center field and hitting ninth Thursday against the Twins, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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