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.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 17, 2019
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.