Kevan Smith
Kevan Smith
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Smith handles the bat OK compared to his contemporaries at the position. He was the third wheel on the South Side of Chicago last season behind Welington Castillo and Omar Narvaez, logging only 187 plate appearances, but in that limited sample he showed improved bat-to-ball skills (9.6 K%, 15.6% in 2017). Most of his contact was on the ground, with Smith posting a 63% groundball rate compared to a 16.2% line-drive rate and 20.8% flyball rate. Even without the line drives, he still had a respectable .270 xBA according to Statcast. The Angels scooped Smith up off waivers in October, and as the roster stands now, he appears in line to open 2019 as Jonathan Lucroy's backup. He's an adequate framer and defender. The batted-ball numbers bode poorly for power growth, but Smith at least looks like a player who won't sink your batting average and that's something. Read Past Outlooks
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Getting limited work
CLos Angeles Angels
April 16, 2019
Smith is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
ANALYSIS
Smith was behind the dish in Monday's 12-7 loss and enjoyed a solid night offensively, contributing a double and two walks over five plate appearances. It was only his fifth start through the Angels' first 17 contests, so he's clearly the No. 2 option at catcher behind Jonathan Lucroy.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+88%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .756 173 21 4 26 0 .299 .329 .427
Since 2017vs Right .669 328 25 3 26 1 .270 .319 .350
2019vs Left .533 6 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200
2019vs Right .433 15 2 0 0 0 .083 .267 .167
2018vs Left 1.097 53 8 2 13 0 .438 .472 .625
2018vs Right .583 134 13 1 8 1 .236 .299 .285
2017vs Left .615 114 13 2 12 0 .243 .263 .351
2017vs Right .751 179 10 2 18 0 .309 .339 .412
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .783 259 28 5 31 1 .308 .357 .426
Since 2017Away .612 242 18 2 21 0 .251 .286 .326
2019Home .425 10 1 0 0 0 .125 .300 .125
2019Away .495 11 1 0 1 0 .111 .273 .222
2018Home .829 100 11 1 12 1 .341 .400 .429
2018Away .612 87 10 2 9 0 .238 .287 .325
2017Home .773 149 16 4 19 0 .297 .331 .442
2017Away .620 144 7 0 11 0 .268 .287 .333
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Stat Review
How does Kevan 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.
BB/K
0.67
 
BB Rate
9.5%
 
K Rate
14.3%
 
BABIP
.143
 
ISO
.059
 
AVG
.118
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.176
 
OPS
.462
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2016
The White Sox brought in Welington Castillo in the offseason, leaving Smith as the likely odd-man out of the catching picture in Chicago. Omar Narvaez is a lefty bat and has displayed superior on-base skills, so he seems like the better complement to Castillo. Smith walked at just a 3.1 percent clip last season and hit for minimal power, with his 22.6 percent hard-hit rate ranking as the fourth-worst among semi-regular catchers (min. 250 plate appearances). The 29-year-old drives the ball into the ground at a high rate (57.3 percent career groundball rate) and he's a wash in terms of defense behind the plate. Unless the team opts to carry three catchers out of camp, Smith will likely be relegated to the minors to begin the year. An injury to either Castillo or Narvaez would open up time, but even then, he'd only be deserving of a $1 FAAB bid in two-catcher leagues.
The White Sox added Smith to their 40-man roster last offseason, but he spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level. Smith, a former college quarterback, has a strong arm behind the plate and a strong rapport with pitchers, but it is difficult to judge his minor league numbers when he has progressed through the system slowly and has perpetually been much older than his competition. He has traditionally shown modest power and good contact rates, but the power fell off in his Triple-A debut. He should start 2016 at Triple-A once again, but could be in line for a big league debut if injury befalls the big league backstops.
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Belts first homer of spring
CLos Angeles Angels
March 15, 2019
Smith went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Giants.
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Claimed by Angels
CLos Angeles Angels
Ankle
October 26, 2018
Smith (ankle) was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Friday.
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Set for offseason surgery
CChicago White Sox
Ankle
September 26, 2018
Smith will undergo offseason ankle surgery.
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Plates three vs. Cubs
CChicago White Sox
September 21, 2018
Smith went 2-for-2 with a double, a three-run home run and two runs scored in Friday's 10-4 win over Chicago.
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Gets fourth start in five games
CChicago White Sox
September 2, 2018
Smith will start at catcher and bat sixth Sunday against the Red Sox.
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