Today the Dodgers recalled top catching prospect Will Smith from AAA Oklahoma City. He will be in uniform at Dodger Stadium tonight.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of catcher Will Smith and placed catcher Austin Barnes on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 27, 2019
Ken Gurnick, among others, was on it pretty early in the day, calling attention to some of the roster moves that the club had made involving organizational catchers.
Looks like Will Smith is getting his first MLB promotion by the Dodgers today. After Austin Barnes' Sunday groin injury, the Dodgers promoted Josh Thole to Triple-A and started catcher Rocky Gale in today's game. Club has not made an announcement.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 27, 2019
After Barnes was removed from Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh with a groin injury, thoughts quickly turned to who could possibly fill his spot, if he were to miss extended time.
That question was answered today when the Dodgers added their number 5 prospect — number 9 catching prospect in all of baseball — to the fold.
Smith, a 2016 1st round draft pick, has hit very well down in the minors this season, posting a slash line of .290/.404/.551 (.954 OPS) while adding 8 HR, 8 2B, 28 RBI, and 28 runs scored in 38 games.
Over his last 15 games, he’s torn the cover off the ball with a .396 average and 1.266 OPS, adding 5 of those 8 home runs.
Moreover, he has always rated highly as a defender behind the plate. While his arm at times may leave a little to be desired, he has often drawn praise from his pitchers for his game calling ability. He is also capable of playing second base, and some third.
Welcome to the show, Will!