Dodgers: Will Smith With Historic Production Out of the Catchers Spot

It’s another new rookie record in 2019!

After collecting 3 hits in 3 at-bats, and driving in 6 runs, LA Dodgers catcher Will Smith added his name to the franchise record books.

Alanna Rizzo passes on the note from Dodgers PR that with his 6 RBI, Smith tied the all-time franchise record for rookie catchers. The Brooklyn Dodgers had two rookie catchers to achieve the feat — Bernie Hungling and Al Lopez.

Moreover, the 6 RBI evening has Smith as the top Los Angeles Dodger to achieve the feat, passing Mike Pizza’s previous high of 5 set in 1993.

After the game, Smith had this to say on the feat.

That’s pretty cool. There have been a lot of great Dodgers catchers in the past so that’s pretty cool.

In the post-Austin Barnes era, Smith’s third stint with the big club couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. In 33 big league at-bats in 2019, the Fresh Prince of LAD is now slashing .345/.394/.862 with a 206 wRC+. He’s added 4 home runs and 12 RBI in 10 games.

Written by Clint Pasillas

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  1. Makes me wonder where Smith’s 6 RBIs fit in for any rookie regardless of position. And all-time Dodgers record for RBIs in a game. This kind of related info would have made for a much better article. I might have to do some research on this.

  2. It’s only one game but, a couple of RBI’S would have been a big upgrade. He’s hitting the ball to all fields with good contact. Will the THRILL here’s hoping ?? you have a great ?? career! Let’s hope we get a decent reliever that you can catch to finish a game!

  3. Well as I mentioned before Smith would be best served higher in the order but at least he was not batting 8th. With his sock, depending on how the lineup shapes up, he could bat 6th perhaps. However I do admit that it’s not everyday we see a player batting 7th with 6 RBI’s in a game.

  4. me encanta que tengamos un receptor tan talentoso como will smith , tambien tenemos al venezolano ruiz , que bueno estamos protegidos con este par de prospectos , el cielo es el limite

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