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Dodgers: Prospect Will Smith Earns MLB Pipeline Team of the Week Honors

Will Smith proving that he deserves another promotion, and possibly a longer stay in Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with a bucket of water by teammates Cody Bellinger #35 and Joc Pederson #31 after Smith hit a walk-off homerun in the ninth inning of the MLB game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on June 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

It may have been a quick stint in the majors for Dodgers 2016 first-rounder Will Smith, but in just 6 games he proved that he belongs in Los Angeles. His debut came on May 28th at home against the Mets. With family watching from the crowd, he logged two hits in 4 at bats. In his 6 total starts with the club, he collected a hit in 5 of the 6 games including a home run against the Phillies and the Diamondbacks.

The 24-year old was sent back down to Triple-A OKC following the return of Austin Barnes. Despite a hot start to the 2019 season, Barnes has struggled mightily and is slashing .209/.314/.351 in his 46 appearances. Will Smith has shown positives attributes both behind the plate defensively and with the bat offensively. Smith’s power and a constant impact could lead to another deserving and eventual call-up.

Our very own Blake Williams explains why it’s time to make Will Smith an every day guy for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Power! This tweet pretty much explains the progress and readiness for Will Smith. His 4 home runs in as many games have earned him a spot on this weeks MLB Pipeline Team of the Week. His .289 average, .984 OPS, and a dozen home runs have been nothing short of exceptional.

Will Smith has moved rapidly through the Dodgers organization, which ultimately earned him a spot with the big league club for a week. His continued success at the Triple-A level will eventually, and hopefully sooner than later, allow him to play at the big league level yet again. It’s not about “if”, it’s more about “when” he will be called up again.

Written by Tyler Hawk

Currently living in Central California. Life-long Dodgers and Chargers fan.

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  1. Time for Barnes to go. Trade ,demote or DFA. With him ,Kiki ,and the pitcher in the lineup,it’s almost an automatic three outs.Bring up Smith now and let him be the everyday catcher.

  2. The time has come to bring Smith up for good..he is the best catcher the dodgers have..and can only get better

  3. Will has homered in his last five games. The time has come today (nod to the Chambers Bros classic).

  4. Not only do Dodgers have BP problems but last night’s game with the Giants showed another problem…the offense…because we have 4, count them 4 automatic outs batting 6 thru 9 whenever we see Taylor, Kike, the catcher and pitcher in that order. No wonder why Dodgers lost to a team that’s currently holding up last place in the Division. Folks here may not agree , but right now anyway the Padres have a better offense than we do.

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