Kevan Smith
Kevan Smith
32-Year-Old CatcherC
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in January of 2020.
Accepts outright assignment
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
August 12, 2020
Smith cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Rays' alternate training site Wednesday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith appeared in four games for the Rays this season, grabbing a single and a walk in his only two trips to the plate. He could be back with the Rays if they need a third catcher at some point later in the year.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+67%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+53%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+88%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .991 132 16 3 25 0 .379 .439 .552
Since 2018vs Right .595 268 27 5 18 3 .223 .284 .312
2020vs Left 1.000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000
2020vs Right 2.000 1 1 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .775 216 21 2 25 1 .308 .370 .405
Since 2018Away .663 184 22 6 18 2 .232 .293 .369
2020Home 2.000 2 1 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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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
0.00
 
BB Rate
50.0%
 
K Rate
0.0%
 
BABIP
1.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
1.000
 
OBP
1.000
 
SLG
1.000
 
OPS
2.000
 
wOBA
.790
 
Exit Velocity
77.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Gets DFA'd
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
August 9, 2020
The Rays designated Smith for assignment prior to Sunday's game against the Yankees, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Seeing minimal action
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
August 9, 2020
Smith, who delivered a two-run pinch-hit single in the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees on Saturday, has logged just two plate appearances and appeared in four games this season.
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Gets activated
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
August 2, 2020
The Rays activated Smith from the COVID-19 injured list Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Placed on COVID-19 injured list
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
Illness
August 1, 2020
Smith was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Joins 40-man roster
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 21, 2020
Smith was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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