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, Smith still had a respectable .270 xBA according to Statcast. The Angels scooped Smith up off waivers in October, and as the roster stands now, Smith appears in line to open 2019 as the primary backstop. 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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$Agreed to terms with the White Sox in March 2015.
Claimed by Angels
CLos Angeles Angels
Ankle
October 26, 2018
Smith (ankle) was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Smith will provide additional depth at the catching position for an Angels team that currently has two other backstops on the 40-man roster (Francisco Arica and Jose Briceno) after designating Joe Hudson for assignment in a corresponding move. Across 52 games this past season, Smith hit .292/.348/.380 with three home runs and 21 RBI after missing the first couple months due to a Grade 1 ankle sprain he suffered in spring training. The 30-year-old is expected to undergo surgery on the ankle this offseason, though he should be ready to go for spring training.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+88%
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 .731 177 22 4 25 0 .290 .316 .414
Since 2016vs Right .672 319 24 3 26 1 .276 .319 .354
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
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
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .786 252 27 5 31 1 .310 .355 .431
Since 2016Away .600 244 19 2 20 0 .251 .280 .320
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
2016Home .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away .308 13 2 0 0 0 .154 .154 .154
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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
0.56
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
9.6%
 
BABIP
.311
 
ISO
.088
 
AVG
.292
 
OBP
.348
 
SLG
.380
 
OPS
.728
 
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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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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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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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