Kevan Smith
Kevan Smith
31-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Smith handles the bat OK compared to his contemporaries at the position. He was the third wheel on the South Side of Chicago last season behind Welington Castillo and Omar Narvaez, logging only 187 plate appearances, but in that limited sample he showed improved bat-to-ball skills (9.6 K%, 15.6% in 2017). Most of his contact was on the ground, with Smith posting a 63% groundball rate compared to a 16.2% line-drive rate and 20.8% flyball rate. Even without the line drives, he still had a respectable .270 xBA according to Statcast. The Angels scooped Smith up off waivers in October, and as the roster stands now, he appears in line to open 2019 as Jonathan Lucroy's backup. He's an adequate framer and defender. The batted-ball numbers bode poorly for power growth, but Smith at least looks like a player who won't sink your batting average and that's something. Read Past Outlooks
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Idle for season finale
CLos Angeles Angels
September 29, 2019
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith will sit out the season finale in what amounts to a routine breather for the day game after a night game. Anthony Bemboom will check in behind the plate while Smith wraps up the 2019 campaign with a .251/.318/.393 slash line across 211 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
6
11
7
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
6
3
6
3
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+53%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+88%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .809 245 29 5 37 0 .313 .355 .454
Since 2017vs Right .654 446 36 7 34 3 .255 .304 .350
2019vs Left .910 78 8 1 12 0 .338 .410 .500
2019vs Right .596 133 13 4 8 2 .203 .263 .333
2018vs Left 1.097 53 8 2 13 0 .438 .472 .625
2018vs Right .583 134 13 1 8 1 .236 .299 .285
2017vs Left .615 114 13 2 12 0 .243 .263 .351
2017vs Right .751 179 10 2 18 0 .309 .339 .412
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .770 363 36 6 42 1 .301 .351 .419
Since 2017Away .643 328 29 6 29 2 .248 .291 .353
2019Home .712 114 9 1 11 0 .272 .333 .379
2019Away .708 97 12 4 9 2 .227 .299 .409
2018Home .829 100 11 1 12 1 .341 .400 .429
2018Away .612 87 10 2 9 0 .238 .287 .325
2017Home .773 149 16 4 19 0 .297 .331 .442
2017Away .620 144 7 0 11 0 .268 .287 .333
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Stat Review
How does Kevan 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.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
7.6%
 
K Rate
17.5%
 
BABIP
.287
 
ISO
.141
 
AVG
.251
 
OBP
.318
 
SLG
.393
 
OPS
.710
 
wOBA
.315
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2016
The White Sox brought in Welington Castillo in the offseason, leaving Smith as the likely odd-man out of the catching picture in Chicago. Omar Narvaez is a lefty bat and has displayed superior on-base skills, so he seems like the better complement to Castillo. Smith walked at just a 3.1 percent clip last season and hit for minimal power, with his 22.6 percent hard-hit rate ranking as the fourth-worst among semi-regular catchers (min. 250 plate appearances). The 29-year-old drives the ball into the ground at a high rate (57.3 percent career groundball rate) and he's a wash in terms of defense behind the plate. Unless the team opts to carry three catchers out of camp, Smith will likely be relegated to the minors to begin the year. An injury to either Castillo or Narvaez would open up time, but even then, he'd only be deserving of a $1 FAAB bid in two-catcher leagues.
The White Sox added Smith to their 40-man roster last offseason, but he spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level. Smith, a former college quarterback, has a strong arm behind the plate and a strong rapport with pitchers, but it is difficult to judge his minor league numbers when he has progressed through the system slowly and has perpetually been much older than his competition. He has traditionally shown modest power and good contact rates, but the power fell off in his Triple-A debut. He should start 2016 at Triple-A once again, but could be in line for a big league debut if injury befalls the big league backstops.
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Sitting Friday
CLos Angeles Angels
September 27, 2019
Smith isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.
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Heads to bench
CLos Angeles Angels
September 25, 2019
Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.
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Goes deep in loss
CLos Angeles Angels
September 21, 2019
Smith went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in a loss to the Astros on Friday.
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Not in Tuesday's lineup
CLos Angeles Angels
September 17, 2019
Smith is not starting Tuesday against the Yankees.
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Out of action Saturday
CLos Angeles Angels
September 14, 2019
Smith is not in Saturday's lineup against the Rays.
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