Canaan Smith-Njigba

Canaan Smith-Njigba

24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2024 Fantasy Outlook
It would be easy to forget that Smith-Njigba factored into the Pirates' outfield mix early in the 2023 season, as he had accrued 37 plate appearances through the first three weeks of April. That sample wasn't particularly kind to him, as he was striking out at 43.3 percent clip and had just a .435 OSP before being optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Smith-Njigba didn't make it back to the majors and will now be fighting to make the Opening Day roster as outfield depth in Pittsburgh, though he wasn't helped by the offseason addition of Edward Olivares and the re-signing of Andrew McCutchen. At the age of 25, it's still too early to give up on Smith-Ngiba due to his extended run of success in the minor leagues, though he's likely running out of chances to prove himself as a contributor in the majors. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2023. Waived by the Pirates in February of 2024. Claimed off waivers by the Mariners in February of 2024. Waived by the Mariners in February of 2024. Claimed off waivers by the Pirates in February of 2024.
Returns to Pittsburgh
OFPittsburgh Pirates
February 19, 2024
The Pirates claimed Smith-Njigba off waivers from the Mariners on Monday.
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Smith-Njigba will make his return to Pittsburgh after the Pirates previously dropped him from the 40-man roster earlier this month before the Mariners scooped him up off waivers. With Seattle designating him for assignment less than two weeks later, however, Smith-Njigba was able to reclaim a 40-man spot in Pittsburgh, after the Pirates opened up room for the outfielder Monday by placing JT Brubaker (elbow) on the 60-day injured list. Smith-Njigba should join the Pirates for big-league spring training, but he has a minor-league option remaining and will most likely be sent to Triple-A Indianapolis before camp comes to a close.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
4
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2021
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2021vs Right .533 41 4 0 5 1 .147 .268 .265
2023vs Left .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2023vs Right .477 34 3 0 5 1 .138 .235 .241
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right .829 7 1 0 0 0 .200 .429 .400
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2021
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .575 10 1 0 1 0 .125 .200 .375
Since 2021Away .472 34 3 0 4 1 .138 .265 .207
2023Home .575 10 1 0 1 0 .125 .200 .375
2023Away .389 27 2 0 4 1 .125 .222 .167
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away .829 7 1 0 0 0 .200 .429 .400
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Canaan Smith-Njigba compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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 and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.25
 
BB Rate
10.8%
 
K Rate
43.2%
 
BABIP
.235
 
ISO
.094
 
AVG
.125
 
OBP
.216
 
SLG
.219
 
OPS
.435
 
wOBA
.201
 
Exit Velocity
87.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
23.5%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
Expected BA
.155
 
Expected SLG
.276
 
Sprint Speed
23.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
64.7%
 
Line Drive %
17.6%
 
Fly Ball %
17.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2020
Smith-Njigba was among a number of young outfielders to make their big-league debut for the Pirates in 2022, as he was called up on June 13. Unfortunately, a broken wrist ended his campaign after only seven plate appearances with the club. He's since been fully cleared, which puts him in line to compete for a roster spot in spring training. That's where Smith-Njigba's defensive limitations will come into play, as he's strictly a corner outfielder, and both Cal Mitchell and Jack Suwinski are likely to get the first shot at locking down those roles. Unfortunately, even if Smith-Njigba steps into more playing time, it's unclear what he'd offer in a fantasy context. Scouting reports suggest that he has the potential to hit for above-average power, though he's never surpassed a .158 ISO at any level of the minor leagues. Entering his age-24 season, it's possible that Smith-Njigba can take a step forward, but for now his intrigue is primarily limited to very deep formats such as dynasty leagues, draft-and-hold, or NL-only leagues.
Smith won't be found highly ranked on any real-life prospect lists, as he is 20 years old and is already limited to left field and designated hitter. However, if we were just ranking prospects based on future hit and power grades, Smith would be a top-100 prospect. He has a knack for putting barrel to ball, lacing line drives (26.0 LD%) to all fields (36.2 Pull%) while walking a lot and striking out at a manageable clip (20.5 K%). Among qualified Sally League hitters, he ranked first in BB% (14.0), second in OBP (.405) and fifth in doubles (32). At 6-foot and at least 215 pounds, he fills out a uniform like a young Molina brother, so while he stole 16 bases, that was simply a product of him being on base a ton and having some savviness to his game. Smith will need to continue to rake in order to profile at the bottom of the defensive spectrum.
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Designated for assignment
OFSeattle Mariners
February 17, 2024
The Mariners designated Smith-Njigba for assignment Saturday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Claimed by Seattle
OFSeattle Mariners
February 7, 2024
The Mariners claimed Smith-Njigba off waivers from the Pirates on Wednesday.
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Designated for assignment
OFPittsburgh Pirates
January 31, 2024
Smith-Njigba was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Wednesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Optioned to Indianapolis
OFPittsburgh Pirates
June 14, 2023
Pittsburgh optioned Smith-Njigba to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
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Recalled from Indianapolis
OFPittsburgh Pirates
June 9, 2023
The Pirates recalled Smith-Njigba from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
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