Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
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Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Pirates in February of 2023.
Sent to minor leagues
PPittsburgh Pirates  
March 14, 2023
Pittsburgh reassigned Smith to minor-league camp Tuesday.
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Smith was signed to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training by the Pirates, but his bid to make the big-league club comes up unsuccessful. The left-hander is being built up as a starter and could be a part of the rotation for Triple-A Indianapolis.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2023
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-31%
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-19%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .216 248 57 22 48 8 1 7
Since 2021vs Right .218 554 132 80 102 22 0 27
2023vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Left .170 105 21 11 16 1 1 0
2022vs Right .246 197 44 28 41 10 0 14
2021vs Left .250 143 36 11 32 7 0 7
2021vs Right .203 357 88 52 61 12 0 13
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-42%
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-54%
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-39%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 3.48 1.20 106.0 4 6 0 8.9 4.2 1.1
Since 2021Away 6.03 1.61 77.2 1 6 0 9.7 6.1 2.4
2023Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Home 2.60 1.15 34.2 1 2 0 9.6 4.2 1.0
2022Away 5.60 1.58 35.1 0 1 0 7.1 5.9 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
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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.
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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Working as a starter in camp
PPittsburgh Pirates  
February 24, 2023
Smith (elbow) is being stretched out as a starter in Pirates camp, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Lands deal with Pirates
PPittsburgh Pirates  
Elbow
February 9, 2023
Smith (elbow) agreed Thursday with the Pirates on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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DFA'd by Arizona
PArizona Diamondbacks  
Elbow
November 15, 2022
Smith (elbow) was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
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Dealing with elbow injury
PArizona Diamondbacks  
Elbow
October 5, 2022
Smith has an injured left elbow, Jody Jackson of Bally Sports Arizona reports.
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Fires 2.2 scoreless innings
PArizona Diamondbacks  
September 18, 2022
Smith allowed one hit and struck out one over 2.2 innings in Saturday's 2-0 loss to San Diego.
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