Kevin Smith
22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Toronto Blue Jays AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Smith, a fourth-round pick in 2017, went from being a complete afterthought in dynasty leagues to a borderline top-100 prospect. He was the best player in the Midwest League (190 wRC+, solid defense at shortstop), a distinction that did not carry much weight, considering he was 21 years old. However, when he continued to perform at a high level in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, more people started to buy into him being a future everyday big leaguer. Among FSL hitters with at least 300 PA, Smith was top-10 in wRC+ (127), ISO (.194), and HR (18). He stole 29 bases on 35 attempts, but that oversells his raw speed -- he could steal 10-to-15 bases in the majors. While he may only hit .250 or .260, Smith has enough power and glove for the keystone if he has to move off shortstop. Double-A will be a big test, but if he can keep his strikeout rate in check there, he would be on track to debut in early 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Blue Jays in June of 2017.
Coming out of slump
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
May 17, 2019
Smith went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base for Double-A New Hampshire on Thursday.
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The 22-year-old was mired in a miserable slump to begin May, going 0-for-34 over an 11-game stretch before breaking out with two hits Wednesday, including a homer, and Thursday's three-hit performance. Smith's OPS is still .543 through 33 games -- slightly more than half the mark he posted at Low-A in his breakout 2018 -- but if he keeps stringing together good days, the Jays' No. 8 fantasy prospect will start to regain some of his luster.
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Struggling at Double-A
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
April 29, 2019
Smith is slashing .188/.217/.313 through 19 games for Double-A New Hampshire with two home runs, six RBI and two stolen bases.
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Opening year at Double-A
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
March 27, 2019
Smith is slated to open the season at Double-A New Hampshire, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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On power binge at High-A
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
August 2, 2018
Smith went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI for High-A Dunedin in its 4-3 win over Lakeland on Wednesday.
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Promoted to High-A
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
May 28, 2018
Smith was promoted to High-A Dunedin on Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Taken by Toronto
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
June 13, 2017
The Blue Jays have selected Smith with the 129th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
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