Kevan Smith
Kevan Smith
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago White Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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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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Smith has seemingly leapfrogged Omar Narvaez on the catching depth chart of late, as the former will make his fourth start in five games Sunday. The backstop has helped his case for regular at-bats by hitting .281 since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte in early June, albeit with minimal pop. Even if Smith remains ahead of Narvaez in the pecking order, his status as the No. 1 catcher could be in peril, however, with the White Sox reinstating Welington Castillo (shoulder) -- who inked a two-year, $15 million deal last winter -- from the disabled list this weekend.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+68%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+67%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .689 170 20 3 21 0 .278 .306 .383
Since 2016vs Right .681 301 22 2 25 1 .284 .324 .356
2018vs Left .993 46 6 1 9 0 .415 .457 .537
2018vs Right .591 116 11 0 7 1 .252 .310 .280
2017vs Left .615 114 13 2 12 0 .243 .263 .351
2017vs Right .751 179 10 2 18 0 .309 .339 .412
2016vs Left .200 10 1 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100
2016vs Right .333 6 1 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .770 241 25 4 27 1 .308 .354 .416
Since 2016Away .595 230 17 1 19 0 .256 .279 .315
2018Home .792 89 9 0 8 1 .338 .404 .388
2018Away .596 73 8 1 8 0 .250 .288 .309
2017Home .773 149 16 4 19 0 .297 .331 .442
2017Away .620 144 7 0 11 0 .268 .287 .333
2016Home .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away .308 13 2 0 0 0 .154 .154 .154
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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
0.69
 
BB Rate
5.4%
 
K Rate
7.8%
 
BABIP
.312
 
ISO
.053
 
AVG
.291
 
OBP
.349
 
SLG
.344
 
OPS
.694
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
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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Launches first homer
CChicago White Sox
August 25, 2018
Smith went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Tigers.
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Activated from paternity list
CChicago White Sox
August 6, 2018
Smith (personal) was activated from the paternity list Monday.
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Placed on paternity leave
CChicago White Sox
Personal
August 3, 2018
Smith was put on the paternity list prior to Friday's game against Tampa Bay.
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Not in Friday's lineup
CChicago White Sox
July 13, 2018
Smith is out of the lineup against Kansas City on Friday.
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Sits again Wednesday
CChicago White Sox
July 11, 2018
Smith is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals.
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