Josh Smith

Josh Smith

26-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Texas Rangers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
In 2023, Smith reprised the utility role he held the previous season, settling in at third base, shortstop and the never-quite-settled left field spot at various times. The infield positions are locked in by Corey Seager and Josh Jung, while left field now belongs to Evan Carter. Designated hitter is open, but Smith's competent minor-league bat has yet to translate over 485 plate appearances in the show (.191 average, .592 OPS). The lefty batter didn't indicate much against any pitch type (.191 against fastballs, .176 against curve/breaking balls) or as a potential platoon mate (.623 OPS against right-handers). There isn't a path to regular at-bats for Smith, whose value lies in position versatility. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#363
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in March of 2024.
Back at third base for now
SSTexas Rangers
June 23, 2024
Smith started at third base and went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-0 win over Kansas City.
ANALYSIS
Smith made a second consecutive start in the field after serving as a designated hitter for a pair of games. He had been dealing with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss four games before returning as the DH. Now that he's back in the field, the question becomes how long he will be there. Third baseman Josh Jung (wrist) rejoined the team Friday and will take live batting practice Tuesday. If all goes well, Jung could be activated off the 60-day injured list afterward. The Rangers would like to keep Smith's bat in the lineup; he's batting .304/.393/.469 over a career-high 259 plate appearances. The lefty hitter could serve as the primary DH; he owns an .857 OPS against lefties and an .863 OPS against righties this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
12
2
14
12
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
2
7
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .706 143 18 4 15 5 .222 .348 .359
Since 2022vs Right .683 601 70 10 46 4 .233 .333 .350
2024vs Left .857 68 11 1 7 4 .328 .409 .448
2024vs Right .863 191 25 5 23 0 .295 .387 .476
2023vs Left .693 33 4 2 4 0 .120 .333 .360
2023vs Right .623 199 25 4 11 1 .194 .299 .324
2022vs Left .468 42 3 1 4 1 .118 .262 .206
2022vs Right .573 211 20 1 12 3 .212 .316 .257
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+32%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .721 385 43 9 34 5 .237 .346 .375
Since 2022Away .652 359 45 5 27 4 .225 .326 .326
2024Home .968 131 18 5 16 2 .333 .415 .553
2024Away .752 128 18 1 14 2 .273 .370 .382
2023Home .536 102 14 2 5 0 .141 .277 .259
2023Away .707 130 15 4 10 1 .218 .326 .382
2022Home .625 152 11 2 13 3 .214 .331 .294
2022Away .454 101 12 0 3 1 .172 .270 .184
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Stat Review
How does Josh Smith 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
0.50
 
BB Rate
8.9%
 
K Rate
17.8%
 
BABIP
.360
 
ISO
.165
 
AVG
.304
 
OBP
.393
 
SLG
.469
 
OPS
.862
 
wOBA
.381
 
Exit Velocity
87.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.4%
 
Barrels/PA
1.9%
 
Expected BA
.249
 
Expected SLG
.351
 
Sprint Speed
23.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
40.7%
 
Line Drive %
25.4%
 
Fly Ball %
33.9%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Chance for more playing time
SSTexas Rangers
April 1, 2024
Josh Jung suffered a fractured right wrist Monday, reports Kennedi Landry of MLB.com, which will likely lead to more playing time at third base for Smith.
ANALYSIS
Smith entered Monday's contest as a replacement at the hot corner but has just one plate appearance through Texas' first four games of the season. Smith played in 90 big-league contests last season and struggled to a .185/.304/.328 slash line, so Ezequiel Duran is likely in a better position to secure regular reps.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
The H in Josh H. Smith stands for hitter as this young man can hit. He owns a .305/.421/.500 triple-slash line in a minor league career with a slugging percentage built more on gap extra base hits than homers along with a 41 of 53 track record on the basepaths. He struggled in his rookie season when Texas called him up with non-fastballs as he hit a collective .096 against breaking balls and offspeed pitches with a healthy dose of swing and miss. The baptism by fire last season did allow him to gain third base and outfield eligibility on draft day, but he does not have enough bat to be a fantasy regular at either position much less for the improving Rangers offense. Smith can be targeted in later rounds of deep AL-Only leagues as well as draft and hold formats in case something does open up for him as he still has good overall tools.
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Remains at DH
SSTexas Rangers
June 20, 2024
Smith started at designated hitter and went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Mets.
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Makes impact in return
SSTexas Rangers
June 19, 2024
Smith served as the designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Mets.
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Back in lineup
SSTexas Rangers
June 18, 2024
Smith (hamstring) is batting third as the designated hitter Tuesday against the Mets.
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Sitting again, viewed as day-to-day
SSTexas Rangers
Hamstring
June 17, 2024
Smith is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mets while he continues to recover from what he described as "lower glute/upper hamstring" tightness, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
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Remains out Sunday
SSTexas Rangers
Undisclosed
June 16, 2024
Smith (undisclosed) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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