Caleb Smith
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
10-Day IL
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 8/15/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.09 million contract with the Marlins in March of 2018.
Placed on 10-day IL
PMiami Marlins
Undisclosed
August 4, 2020
Smith (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Smith was among the 13 Marlins placed on the injured list ahead of the team's return to play after a COVID-19 outbreak. However, a specific reason for Smith's placement on the injured list wasn't announced.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
70
Last 10 Games
70
Last 5 Games
70
How many pitches does Caleb Smith generally throw?
 
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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 2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .242 243 60 18 54 9 0 7
Since 2018vs Right .214 744 199 81 138 36 3 37
2020vs Left .333 4 1 1 1 0 0 1
2020vs Right .000 11 2 5 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .211 147 34 12 28 6 0 4
2019vs Right .227 499 134 48 100 23 2 29
2018vs Left .287 92 25 5 25 3 0 2
2018vs Right .191 234 63 28 38 13 1 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.42 1.16 110.2 8 6 0 10.3 3.3 1.1
Since 2018Away 5.27 1.33 123.0 7 11 0 9.7 4.3 2.3
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 3.00 2.33 3.0 0 0 0 9.0 18.0 3.0
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
2018Home 3.13 1.21 37.1 2 2 0 10.1 3.1 0.7
2018Away 5.18 1.28 40.0 3 4 0 10.4 4.5 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Caleb Smith compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
0.50
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
18.0
 
HR/9
3.0
 
Fastball
92.4 mph
 
ERA
3.00
 
WHIP
2.33
 
BABIP
.000
 
GB/FB
0.00
 
Left On Base
107.1%
 
Exit Velocity
75.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.0%
 
Spin Rate
2393 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.0%
 
Swinging Strike
17.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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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Status uncertain this week
PMiami Marlins
August 4, 2020
Manager Don Mattingly said Monday that Pablo Lopez and Elieser Hernandez are the only members of the rotation locked in for starts when the Marlins return to action this week, suggesting that Smith may not be available, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Wild in first start
PMiami Marlins
July 25, 2020
Smith gave up one run on one hit and six walks while striking out three over three innings in a no-decision against Philadelphia on Saturday.
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Battles through stiff neck Thursday
PMiami Marlins
July 9, 2020
Smith said he was dealing with neck stiffness during the Marlins' first simulated game Thursday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Trouble finding plate this spring
PMiami Marlins
March 29, 2020
Smith posted a 4.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB through nine innings before spring training was suspended.
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Solid spring debut
PMiami Marlins
February 29, 2020
Smith tossed two scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League action Friday, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out three, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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