Will Smith

Wednesday, 11/17/2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

Ever since Will Smith debuted in May 2019, he has been an offensive force while providing a steady presence behind the plate. He has helped the Dodgers to achieve incredible success, including their first world championship since 1988.

It seems when the Dodgers need an important hit; Smith delivers. He has a flair for the dramatic, giving the Dodgers many wins. Even though the Dodgers did not repeat as world champions, Smith contributed greatly to the Dodger 106-victory season.

Smith is an outstanding offensive player, and his offensive performance has been impressive for a catcher. During the 2021 season, he, one of the few Dodgers who remained uninjured for the entire season, appeared in 130 games. In 414 at-bats, he had a batting average of .258. He had 25 home runs and a .860 OPS. If he can decrease his 101 strikeouts, he would be a fantastic offensive player.

Defensively, Smith is an adequate catcher, but he can improve greatly. Like all Major-League catchers, Smith spent much time studying scouting reports, but he has not demonstrated the ability to change his game plan during the game depending on what was working for the certain pitcher. This is a necessary skill for a catcher. He does not set as low target as Austin Barnes, and he allowed nine pass balls. He is excellent pitch framer. He threw out only 25% potential base stealers partly because his pitchers were slow at delivering the ball at the plate.

I like Smith, and I believe he can be a Hall of Fame catcher if he remains healthy and improves.

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