Will Smith

Will Smith

27-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Smith made a statement upon arrival to the majors and has quickly established himself among the top handful of catchers in the league. He's done it by hitting about 25 homers over a full season with an acceptable batting average (career .262). He's had two short seasons and one full one so far and the results have been consistent. While his flyball approach will limit his batting average (career 29.6 GB%), he keeps getting on base with an 11.5 BB%. He has major upside if/when the league implements the designated hitter in the National League. Instead of having to rest on his off days from catching, he can fill in as the DH. Smith has the talent to be the league's top catcher and the big difference between him and the catchers being taken after him is that he can make a huge difference by season's end. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#55
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in May of 2019.
Getting Tuesday off
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 4, 2022
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Monday's 2-1 loss to the Rockies that Smith will be out of the lineup for Tuesday's game, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
ANALYSIS
Austin Barnes will get the nod behind the plate while Smith gets some rest ahead of the postseason. Smith had started in 10 of the Dodgers' last 11 games, batting .279 with five extra-base hits, six runs and four RBI.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
18
58
5
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
30
1
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .823 316 44 12 31 2 .269 .361 .462
Since 2020vs Right .849 888 114 43 152 2 .258 .356 .493
2022vs Left .908 138 22 6 16 0 .300 .391 .517
2022vs Right .776 440 46 18 71 1 .247 .327 .448
2021vs Left .732 138 18 6 11 2 .231 .319 .413
2021vs Right .912 363 53 19 65 1 .270 .383 .529
2020vs Left .841 40 4 0 4 0 .294 .400 .441
2020vs Right .974 85 15 6 16 0 .271 .388 .586
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .863 578 78 30 90 2 .256 .362 .501
Since 2020Away .841 634 84 27 98 2 .271 .358 .483
2022Home .760 277 31 10 43 1 .243 .332 .428
2022Away .850 301 37 14 44 0 .275 .352 .498
2021Home .909 230 33 13 32 1 .253 .383 .527
2021Away .820 271 38 12 44 2 .263 .351 .469
2020Home 1.125 71 14 7 15 0 .317 .408 .717
2020Away .879 62 9 1 10 0 .280 .419 .460
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Stat Review
How does Will 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
0.58
 
BB Rate
9.7%
 
K Rate
16.6%
 
BABIP
.276
 
ISO
.205
 
AVG
.260
 
OBP
.343
 
SLG
.465
 
OPS
.807
 
wOBA
.351
 
Exit Velocity
90.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.7%
 
Barrels/PA
7.4%
 
Expected BA
.259
 
Expected SLG
.477
 
Sprint Speed
23.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
31.7%
 
Line Drive %
21.2%
 
Fly Ball %
47.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
Smith began the season in a timeshare with Austin Barnes. On Aug. 14, he was placed on the IL with a sore neck, slashing just .188/.341/.406 at the time. There were signs Smith would snap out of it as he was only fanning at a 12.2% clip while walking at a 19.5% pace to that point. Smith was back in action after the minimum stay and things began to click. The backstop slashed .329/.427/.646 after returning, playing nearly every day by season's end. He led all catchers over 100 PA with a 163 wRC+, supported by a Statcast ranking in the pertinent categories of at least 80th percentile, most 88th or higher. Smith will be challenged to match that over a full season, and needs to work on his framing, but he's still one of best hitting catchers in the league, slotting in the meat of the Dodgers' lineup. Despite subpar defense, a case can be made for Smith being the second-best catcher in fantasy.
Austin Riley is the first to come to mind when thinking of players who started hot upon arrival before fading, but Smith followed a similar path. After getting the call to be the Dodgers' primary backstop in late July, Smith went off for nine homers in 19 games, driving in 25 runs in 62 at-bats. He then hit .183/.277/.305 over his final 26 regular-season games and ended his year by going 1-for-13 in the NLCS. Smith's strong strikeout rate from Triple-A did not carry over, as he fanned at a 26.5% clip with the major-league team, though it's important to note that Smith has a history of making adjustments and cutting down on his K-rate in his second go at a level. A first-round pick in 2016, Smith has always been able to take a walk and he's a plus behind the plate. There's upside here but downside too, as the Dodgers may not be patient if Smith starts in a similar fashion to how he finished 2019.
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Heads to bench Saturday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 1, 2022
Smith isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Rockies, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Goes yard in win
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 29, 2022
Smith went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Padres.
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Laces homer, triple
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 25, 2022
Smith went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a triple during Saturday's 6-2 victory over St. Louis.
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Receives day off
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 21, 2022
Smith is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Diamondbacks, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Takes seat for twin bill opener
CLos Angeles Dodgers
September 20, 2022
Smith is not in the lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.
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