Dodgers rookie sensation Will Smith made franchise history with a big showing in Miami. Smith surpasses Cody Bellinger for most RBIs and HRs through 23 games of play.
SportsNet LA anchor Alanna Rizzo hit us with the stats in the below tweet.
Per the #Dodgers, With 24 RBI in 23 games, Will Smith passes Cody Bellinger (23) for most RBI in franchise history through 23 games. His 8 homers matches Bellinger's 2017 mark for most homers through 23 games.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 14, 2019
But that was when Will was just getting started. Smith clubbed another home run — this one a 2 run shot to pad his stats even further.
Will Smith bringin’ the heat. Can y'all feel that? pic.twitter.com/qdLC0CBWnm
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 14, 2019
The 24 year-old catcher is on pace for record-breaking numbers throughout his career. During Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins, Smith secured his 24th RBI (and later 25th and 26th) in just 23 games played. Cody Bellinger initially held that record with 23 RBIs back in 2017.
Smith is rocking a batting average of .329, with a robust OPS of 1.201. He’s added 9 HRs, and 26 RBI’s in just those 23 games played. Smith is on pace to break many records at this point, and he’s only going to get better from here. Not only did Smith pass Bellinger in runs batted in, but he passed Belli’s HR mark for most in 23 games of play.
Smith has early the potential of being as good as Cody Bellinger, and they are both just 24 years old. Bellinger had a great season in 2017, and now, in 2019, he is one of the favorites to win the NL MVP. Smith will develop and still has time to grow. He could very well be in MVP talks too, in a year or two.
Moreover, Will Smith recorded his 1st career multi-HR game, as well. This is a night he will not forget. As the great Dodgers broadcaster, Joe Davis, said, “Welcome to Miami, Will Smith!”
Will Smith is a unique talent, and he has a chance of setting many more record down the line. The Dodgers have found their franchise catcher.