In a lineup that features star-studded talent like the Dodgers, it’s easy to get overlooked. It’s incredibly easy for that to happen on a roster that features Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger on a daily basis.
So whenever someone mentions a name that doesn’t immediately pop out to you on the Dodgers roster, it’s always worth looking into. One name that we’ve seen come up often in the offseason is that of Will Smith,
In a recent conversation with MLB insider Juan Toribio, he revealed that he was most excited to watch Smith play on a daily basis. Toribion even went so far as to say that he felt the Dodgers catcher could be one of the best hitting catchers in the National League.
The one guy I’m actually excited to see play in person is Will Smith. He’s the one guy that everything I’ve seen and read and everything, this guy is a stud. When you’re in this lineup and you have Betts and Bellinger and Seager, I feel like it;’s pretty easy for you to go under the radar. But this guy has the potential to be the best hitting catcher in the National League.
Smith does go slightly under the radar in terms of catcher productivity around MLB. His hard-hit percentage was among the top on the league at the position in 2020 doing it over 46 percent of the time. His BABIP didn’t always reflect that at the beginning of the Dodgers season though. At the end of it all, he finished with a .294 BABIP, good for 12th among all catchers.
Smith’s plus offensive numbers don’t stop there. His wRC+ of 163 was first among all catchers in baseball, and his average exit velocity of 90.8 mph was 7th. Smith also managed to OPS .980 by the season’s end, tallying 8 homeruns and 9 doubles for the Dodgers.
If Smith can keep up that sort of production, he is going to make Dave Robert’s job very difficult in 2021. Without the benefit of the universal DH, the Dodgers may have to lean heavily on Smith behind the plate moving forward.
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