Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith

30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
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
#417
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.47 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2021.
Staying busy since return
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 29, 2021
Smith has made four appearances out of the Arizona bullpen since being reinstated from a 10-game suspension Sept. 22, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out four over 6.1 innings.
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Each of Smith's appearances have come in lower-leverage scenarios, and he doesn't look like he'll factor into the Arizona closing picture over the final week of the season. Since moving to the bullpen in early August, Smith has submitted a 2.59 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and a 20:10 K:BB in 24.1 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
46
Last 10 Games
26
Last 5 Games
21
How many pitches does Caleb Smith generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
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
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .227 303 75 24 62 13 0 12
Since 2019vs Right .214 897 229 111 165 35 2 44
2021vs Left .250 143 36 11 32 7 0 7
2021vs Right .203 357 88 52 61 12 0 13
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
 
 
-39%
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 3.62 1.16 151.2 9 8 0 9.4 3.8 1.2
Since 2019Away 5.73 1.46 127.1 5 12 0 10.3 5.0 2.5
2021Home 3.91 1.22 71.1 3 4 0 8.6 4.2 1.1
2021Away 6.38 1.63 42.1 1 5 0 11.9 6.4 2.3
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
1.97
 
K/9
9.8
 
BB/9
5.0
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
91.4 mph
 
ERA
4.83
 
WHIP
1.37
 
BABIP
.271
 
GB/FB
0.58
 
Left On Base
72.1%
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.6%
 
Spin Rate
2359 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.3%
 
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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Suspension upheld
PArizona Diamondbacks
Suspension
September 11, 2021
Smith will begin serving his 10-game suspension Saturday, Daniel Guerrero of MLB.com reports.
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Takes loss in relief
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 5, 2021
Smith (4-9) allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one over 2.1 relief innings to take the loss to Seattle on Saturday.
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Suspended, will appeal
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 24, 2021
Smith was handed a 10-game suspension Tuesday for having a foreign substance on his glove during last Wednesday's game against the Phillies, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. He has appealed and will remain active until the league comes to a final decision.
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Makes first post-ejection appearance
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 23, 2021
Smith came on in relief to pitch two innings in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Rockies, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two.
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Ejected for sticky stuff
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 18, 2021
Smith was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Phillies for an apparent violation of MLB's foreign substance rules, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
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