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Will Smith

Will Smith

C | B/T: R/R | 5' 10" 195 | Age: 24
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 1, #32, Los Angeles Dodgers) - Louisville
Louisville, KY USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 98 84 20 27 11 30 1 .321 .398 .810 1.207
1 Season 98 84 20 27 11 30 1 .321 .398 .810 1.207
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .321 11 30 1 1.207
1 Season .321 11 30 1 1.207

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 LAD NL 27 98 84 20 27 8 0 11 30 10 24 1 0 2 .321 .398 .810 1.207
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 LAD NL 98 68 25 0 2 .314 19 1 9 421 4.3 .245 .112 .417 .488 .488 2

Scouting Report

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Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

One of four Atlantic Coast Conference catchers selected within the first 43 picks in the 2016 Draft, Smith signed out of Louisville for $1,722,500 as the 32nd overall choice. The first backstop taken in the first round by the Dodgers since Paul Konerko in 1993, Smith has missed time with a broken right hand in 2017 and a bone bruise in his left thumb in '18. His .890 OPS would have topped the Double-A Texas League in '18 if he had enough plate appearances to qualify, though he otherwise batted .222/.334/.365 in his first three pro seasons.

Smith has outstanding athleticism for a catcher and it translates into quality defense behind the plate. His average to solid arm strength plays as plus because he has quick footwork. With his soft hands and agility, he receives and frames well, and he also has shown he's a capable third baseman and passable second baseman.

Los Angeles has had Smith add loft to his right-handed swing, and he has shown more power than he did at Louisville while seeing his strikeout rate soar from 10 percent in college to 24 percent in his first three years as a pro. He probably won't produce much in the way of batting average, but he could provide 15-20 homers per season along with a healthy amount of walks. He also has solid speed and can steal an occasional base.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 398 58 9 15.5 90.1 24.2 .268 .556 .476 .384 .489 46.6 25.8 9.7
ALL 398 58 9 15.5 90.1 24.2 .268 .556 .476 .384 .489 46.6 25.8 9.7
MLB 38577 6.3 87.5 11.1 .251 .409 .318 .318 .371 34.4 21.6 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/21/2016 Los Angeles Dodgers signed C Will Smith.
06/22/2016 C Will Smith assigned to Ogden Raptors.
07/02/2016 C Will Smith assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Ogden Raptors.
08/01/2016 C Will Smith assigned to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes from Great Lakes Loons.
03/12/2017 C Will Smith assigned to Los Angeles Dodgers.
07/09/2017 C Will Smith assigned to Tulsa Drillers from Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
07/13/2017 Tulsa Drillers activated C Will Smith.
07/14/2017 Tulsa Drillers placed C Will Smith on the 7-day disabled list.
09/20/2017 Tulsa Drillers activated C Will Smith from the 7-day disabled list.
01/30/2018 Los Angeles Dodgers invited non-roster C Will Smith to spring training.
05/08/2018 Tulsa Drillers placed C Will Smith on the 7-day disabled list.
06/03/2018 Tulsa Drillers activated C Will Smith from the 7-day disabled list.
08/01/2018 C Will Smith assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers from Tulsa Drillers.
02/11/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers invited non-roster C Will Smith to spring training.
05/27/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of Will Smith from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
06/06/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned C Will Smith to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
06/23/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers recalled Will Smith from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
06/26/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers placed C Will Smith on the 10-day injured list.
06/26/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned C Will Smith to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
07/04/2019 Oklahoma City Dodgers placed C Will Smith on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 26, 2019.
07/06/2019 Oklahoma City Dodgers activated C Will Smith from the 7-day injured list.
07/06/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned C Will Smith to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
07/26/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers recalled C Will Smith from Oklahoma City Dodgers.