Caleb Smith
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Smith had been settling in as a pitcher who could reliably contribute a fair amount of strikeouts despite a shaky ERA, but those who like that sort of profile in their mid- or late-round starters weren't able to get much out of him in 2020. He made just a single start for Miami before missing over a month due to COVID-19. Following a trade to Arizona, he returned to make just three more starts and one relief appearance, finishing the year having thrown a mere 14 innings. His 2.57 ERA was quite strong, but his .100 BABIP clearly played a huge role there, as his 15:12 K:BB was poor. It's probably unwise to read too much into such a tiny sample in a disrupted season, however, so there's little reason to alter your assessment of Smith too much from what it was last offseason. His career 25.8 K% means he'll be useful in at least one category, but his 27.0% groundball rate means his 4.55 ERA is hardly a surprise. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#414
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.465 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2021.
Impressive in 'pen
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 8, 2021
Smith walked one and struck out five over two scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's 8-0 loss to Colorado.
ANALYSIS
Earlier in the day, the Diamondbacks announced Smith was moving out of the rotation and into the bullpen. The move appeared to agree with the left-hander on Wednesday. Smith did not pitch well this spring -- particularly in his final two starts (12 runs in 9.1 innings) -- and manager Torey Lovullo had a quick hook following one disappointing regular-season start. "We just feel like the best thing for this team right now is to put him in the bullpen," Lovullo told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "Just give him a chance to work on a couple things. You know, we feel like he's close. He's got great stuff. We're looking for him to be a little more consistent and we feel like this will give him the opportunity to go and work on a couple things." There was no word on which pitcher will replace Smith in the rotation, but judging by the manager's comments, he could eventually reclaim a starting role.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
44
Last 10 Games
44
Last 5 Games
44
How many pitches does Caleb Smith generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Caleb Smith generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .208 173 40 14 32 7 0 5
Since 2019vs Right .223 579 153 65 112 25 2 32
2021vs Left .222 13 1 1 2 1 0 0
2021vs Right .242 39 12 6 8 2 0 1
2020vs Left .167 13 5 1 2 0 0 1
2020vs Right .133 41 7 11 4 0 0 2
2019vs Left .211 147 34 12 28 6 0 4
2019vs Right .227 499 134 48 100 23 2 29
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-76%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.31 1.11 84.1 6 4 0 9.9 3.5 1.2
Since 2019Away 5.28 1.40 92.0 4 8 0 9.8 4.5 2.5
2021Home 2.25 1.25 4.0 0 0 0 6.8 4.5 0.0
2021Away 3.86 1.71 7.0 0 1 0 12.9 6.4 1.3
2020Home 1.29 0.86 7.0 0 0 0 6.4 5.1 1.3
2020Away 5.40 2.40 5.0 0 0 0 12.6 14.4 3.6
2019Home 3.56 1.13 73.1 6 4 0 10.4 3.3 1.2
2019Away 5.40 1.31 80.0 4 7 0 9.3 3.7 2.6
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Stat Review
How does Caleb Smith compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. 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, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in 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.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.86
 
K/9
10.6
 
BB/9
5.7
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
90.8 mph
 
ERA
3.27
 
WHIP
1.55
 
BABIP
.333
 
GB/FB
0.73
 
Left On Base
76.9%
 
Exit Velocity
79.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.3%
 
Spin Rate
2370 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.6%
 
Swinging Strike
11.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Smith dazzled out of the gates in 2019 and was one of the biggest fantasy surprises over the first half of the season, recording a 1.01 WHIP and 88:21 K:BB prior to the All-Star break despite missing almost a month in June and early July due to left hip inflammation. However, the 28-year-old faltered over his last 12 starts, recording a 6.25 ERA and 1.52 WHIP while allowing 17 home runs. Smith had an above-average 26 K% in 2019, but also a 9.3 BB% and 1.94 HR/9 (the latter would have ranked as the worst mark among starters had he logged enough innings to qualify). As one would expect, those home-run issues were exacerbated outside of Marlins Park. Smith has middling fastball velocity, struggles to limit hard hits and home runs, and the Marlins are inconsistent in providing run support. The injury history further dings his appeal, though Smith is at least in the conversation as a lottery-ticket SP.
His season was ended prematurely by lat and shoulder injuries which required surgery, but during his time on the field Smith flashed an impressive skill set. In 77.1 innings with the big-league team, he posted a 27.0% strikeout rate. Despite below-average fastball velocity, Smith was highly successful in challenging hitters with the fastball, as he ranked among the league leaders on swings and misses in the strike zone with the four-seamer. He was also able to get swings out of the zone with the slider later in counts, but further development of the changeup will be necessary if Smith is to make it as a starter long term. The lefty is an extreme flyball pitcher (50.8 FB%, 28.4 GB%), which makes him a nice fit in Marlins Park but dicey away from home (5.18 ERA on the road last year). Health provided, Smith should be starting every fifth day for Miami, and there is some upside here, but it's best to stream him carefully early on.
Smith is a name worth knowing primarily because he's a member of the Marlins' organization. The 26-year-old lefty has just 18.2 major-league innings to his name, in which he's posted a 7.71 ERA. But for a Marlins team which lacks depth in the starting rotation (or really anywhere on the team), Smith could easily end up making double-digit starts. He's been a solid performer in his minor-league career, recording a 3.19 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in five seasons. That's not impressive enough for him to project as a real weapon in 2018, but it's enough to make him relevant in NL-only leagues. With Wei-Yin Chen and Dan Straily both injured to start the season, a rotation spot has opened up for Smith.
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Moving to bullpen
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 7, 2021
Manager Torey Lovullo announced Wednesday that Smith is moving to the bullpen, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
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Struggles in first start
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 3, 2021
Smith (0-1) hurled three innings and took the loss against San Diego on Saturday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out four.
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Knocked around Monday
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 29, 2021
Smith allowed seven runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five over 3.2 innings against the Cubs on Monday.
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Appears set for rotation
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 20, 2021
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo expressed confidence in Smith, who has had a rocky spring, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Command takes a holiday
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 14, 2021
Smith allowed one run on one hit and four walks while striking out five over 2.1 innings in Sunday's spring game against San Francisco.
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