Will Smith
Will Smith
26-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Smith began the season in a timeshare with Austin Barnes. On Aug. 14, he was placed on the IL with a sore neck, slashing just .188/.341/.406 at the time. There were signs Smith would snap out of it as he was only fanning at a 12.2% clip while walking at a 19.5% pace to that point. Smith was back in action after the minimum stay and things began to click. The backstop slashed .329/.427/.646 after returning, playing nearly every day by season's end. He led all catchers over 100 PA with a 163 wRC+, supported by a Statcast ranking in the pertinent categories of at least 80th percentile, most 88th or higher. Smith will be challenged to match that over a full season, and needs to work on his framing, but he's still one of best hitting catchers in the league, slotting in the meat of the Dodgers' lineup. Despite subpar defense, a case can be made for Smith being the second-best catcher in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#101
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in May of 2019.
Not starting Thursday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
July 29, 2021
Smith will sit Thursday against the Giants, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith hits the bench after starting six of the last seven games behind the plate. Austin Barnes takes over in his absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
23
26
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
5
1
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+51%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+74%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+49%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .654 201 20 5 16 2 .215 .299 .356
Since 2019vs Right .986 441 74 30 94 2 .281 .388 .598
2021vs Left .559 97 9 2 5 1 .186 .268 .291
2021vs Right .970 224 36 12 43 1 .290 .402 .568
2020vs Left .841 40 4 0 4 0 .294 .400 .441
2020vs Right .974 85 15 6 16 0 .271 .388 .586
2019vs Left .685 64 7 3 7 1 .211 .281 .404
2019vs Right 1.019 132 23 12 35 1 .274 .364 .655
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .965 310 49 23 54 1 .268 .371 .594
Since 2019Away .835 340 49 14 61 3 .260 .359 .476
2021Home .991 140 21 9 21 1 .274 .407 .584
2021Away .730 181 24 5 27 1 .244 .326 .404
2020Home 1.125 71 14 7 15 0 .317 .408 .717
2020Away .879 62 9 1 10 0 .280 .419 .460
2019Home .816 99 14 7 18 0 .227 .293 .523
2019Away 1.003 97 16 8 24 2 .280 .381 .622
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Stat Review
How does Will 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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.57
 
BB Rate
11.2%
 
K Rate
19.6%
 
BABIP
.279
 
ISO
.223
 
AVG
.257
 
OBP
.361
 
SLG
.480
 
OPS
.841
 
wOBA
.365
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.8%
 
Barrels/PA
7.7%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Austin Riley is the first to come to mind when thinking of players who started hot upon arrival before fading, but Smith followed a similar path. After getting the call to be the Dodgers' primary backstop in late July, Smith went off for nine homers in 19 games, driving in 25 runs in 62 at-bats. He then hit .183/.277/.305 over his final 26 regular-season games and ended his year by going 1-for-13 in the NLCS. Smith's strong strikeout rate from Triple-A did not carry over, as he fanned at a 26.5% clip with the major-league team, though it's important to note that Smith has a history of making adjustments and cutting down on his K-rate in his second go at a level. A first-round pick in 2016, Smith has always been able to take a walk and he's a plus behind the plate. There's upside here but downside too, as the Dodgers may not be patient if Smith starts in a similar fashion to how he finished 2019.
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Notches triple in win
CLos Angeles Dodgers
July 29, 2021
Smith went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-0 win over the Giants.
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Mashes tie-breaking homer
CLos Angeles Dodgers
July 26, 2021
Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk Sunday in the Dodgers' 3-2 win over the Rockies.
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Resting Saturday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
July 24, 2021
Smith will sit Saturday against the Rockies.
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Goes yard against Giants
CLos Angeles Dodgers
July 23, 2021
Smith went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss against the Giants.
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Plays hero with walkoff homer
CLos Angeles Dodgers
July 21, 2021
Smith drilled a walkoff three-run home run in his only at-bat against the Giants on Tuesday.
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