Will Smith
Will Smith
25-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
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#97
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in May of 2019.
May share duties behind plate
CLos Angeles Dodgers
March 2, 2021
Smith is expected to pair with Austin Barnes in a timeshare at catcher for the Dodgers this season, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Though Smith is considerably more explosive offensively than Barnes -- the former slashed .289/.401/.579 with eight homers last season, while the latter put up a .244/.353/.314 line with only one long ball -- the Dodgers value Barnes' defense to such a degree that they played him over Smith behind the dish frequently during their postseason run in 2020. In that scenario, Smith was able to shift over to designated hitter, but with the DH not expected to be utilized in the National League this season, he's not going to see as many at-bats as your typical starting catcher. "If you look at timeshare, I guess [Barnes is] a backup, but I don't see it as such," manager Dave Roberts said Sunday. "I think it's a 1 and 1A. They're both very valuable, and I think that we've done a good job of using both of them and exploiting strengths and things to help us win baseball games." That doesn't make it clear exactly how playing time will be divided between the two, and Smith is productive enough to be a valuable fantasy contributor even if he's out of the lineup a few days per week, but the situation bears watching early in the campaign to get a sense of how things will shake out.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+49%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .745 104 11 3 11 1 .242 .327 .418
Since 2018vs Right 1.002 217 38 18 51 1 .273 .373 .628
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
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .943 170 28 14 33 0 .264 .341 .601
Since 2018Away .957 159 25 9 34 2 .280 .396 .561
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
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
0.91
 
BB Rate
14.6%
 
K Rate
16.1%
 
BABIP
.294
 
ISO
.289
 
AVG
.289
 
OBP
.401
 
SLG
.579
 
OPS
.980
 
wOBA
.413
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.9%
 
Barrels/PA
10.2%
 
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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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Smacks home run
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 21, 2020
Smith went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday in a loss to the Rays in Game 2 of the World Series.
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Crucial home run
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 17, 2020
Smith went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves on Friday.
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Takes seat Thursday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 15, 2020
Smith isn't starting Game 4 of the NLCS against Atlanta on Thursday.
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Huge game in series clincher
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 9, 2020
Smith went 5-for-6 with a run and three RBI in Thursday's NLDS Game 3 win over the Padres.
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Goes deep Saturday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 27, 2020
Smith went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs, two RBI and a walk in a victory versus the Angels on Saturday.
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