Kevan Smith
Kevan Smith
33-Year-Old CatcherC
Atlanta Braves
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The veteran catcher appeared in 17 games for the Rays last season, posting a career-high .378 OBP and .452 SLG in that limited sample. Smith has never carried a good defensive reputation, a liability borne out by most metrics, but his bat has earned him playing time in each of the last five big-league seasons, albeit for three different organizations. Tampa Bay cut him loose from the 40-man roster this offseason but then brought him back on a minor-league deal, but that doesn't guarantee him a spot with the Rays. Francisco Mejia, a catcher with a similar bat-first profile who is six years younger and a switch hitter, came over from San Diego in the Blake Snell trade. Unless he significantly outperforms Mejia in camp, Smith could find himself opening the season as organizational depth at Triple-A. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#601
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in December of 2020. Traded to the Braves in May of 2021.
Designated for assignment
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 11, 2021
Smith was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Wednesday.
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The 33-year-old had sporadic playing time recently, and he'll be cast off the 40-man roster after Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) was reinstated from the 60-day IL on Wednesday. Smith has appeared in 33 games with Tampa Bay and Atlanta this season, and he's hit .168 with three doubles, eight runs and three RBI.
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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
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
11
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+53%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .734 133 12 2 15 0 .248 .353 .381
Since 2019vs Right .579 216 19 4 15 2 .210 .269 .310
2021vs Left .387 41 3 0 1 0 .114 .244 .143
2021vs Right .483 64 5 0 2 0 .200 .250 .233
2020vs Left .757 14 1 1 2 0 .100 .357 .400
2020vs Right .780 19 1 0 5 0 .294 .368 .412
2019vs Left .910 78 8 1 12 0 .338 .410 .500
2019vs Right .596 133 13 4 8 2 .203 .263 .333
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+102%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+66%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .712 185 20 2 19 0 .268 .346 .366
Since 2019Away .570 168 12 4 12 2 .183 .256 .314
2021Home .600 53 8 0 2 0 .239 .340 .261
2021Away .297 52 0 0 1 0 .102 .154 .143
2020Home 1.044 18 3 1 6 0 .333 .444 .600
2020Away .628 19 0 0 2 0 .188 .316 .313
2019Home .712 114 9 1 11 0 .272 .333 .379
2019Away .708 97 12 4 9 2 .227 .299 .409
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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
0.32
 
BB Rate
9.5%
 
K Rate
29.5%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.032
 
AVG
.168
 
OBP
.248
 
SLG
.200
 
OPS
.448
 
wOBA
.198
 
Exit Velocity
82.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.8%
 
Barrels/PA
1.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Smith is a large catcher with poor framing skills, a below-average arm and slow feet. At the plate, he is a surprisingly high-contact hitter with decent patience and gap power. At age 31, there is not another level coming for him, so he is what he is -- a third-string catcher. The Angels did not tender Smith a contract for 2020, and with front offices putting a stronger emphasis on framing and defense, it seems unlikely that Smith will be able to land a major-league contract. He would be a poor fit for your fantasy squad because Smith is simply not a productive hitter. He has a good OBP for a catcher, but that's the extent of his fantasy value. There is no late-career catcher bounce coming here, and there was little skill to begin with.
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.
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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Heads to bench
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
July 18, 2021
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.
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Gets breather Saturday
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
July 10, 2021
Smith is not in the lineup for Saturday's against the Marlins.
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Not in Wednesday's lineup
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
July 7, 2021
Smith isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Pirates.
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Scores twice in rout
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
July 1, 2021
Smith went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI in Atlanta's 20-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday.
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Picks up start in series finale
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
June 16, 2021
Smith will start at catcher and bat seventh Wednesday against the Red Sox.
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