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9/30/1982 (34 y, 4 m, 27 d)
2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 9, Overall: 50, Team: Colorado Rockies
$13M / 2 Years (2015 - 2016) + 1 Option Years
Smith will replace Mark Trumbo as the team's starting right fielder for 2017, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. (2/2/2017)
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The Overlooked Seth Smith
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Year in Review:
In his first significant season at the Major League level, Smith put up fantastic numbers for the Rockies. In 387 PAs, Smith's .383 wOBA ranked 34th amongst all players with at least 375 PAs. He compiled these numbers with excellent power (39 extra-base hits, .218 ISO) and plate discipline (12.2 BB%). In addition, Smith's ridiculous 1.436 OPS in 47 pinch-hit appearances was by far the highest mark for any player with at least 40 pinch-hit PAs. Smith also graded well in left field by UZR, at +6.8, but this comes in a small sample, and most scouts don't regard his defense very highly. Still, even if he's an unremarkable left fielder, a player with the offensive capabilities of Smith still provides value, as his bat was worth nearly 2.5 wins by itself.
The Year Ahead:
Smith's tremendous rookie season came from a burst of power that he hadn't shown in the minors. His ISO of .218 in the Majors was the highest of his career in any level of professional baseball. As such, we probably shouldn't expect Smith to hit at that level of power going forward. His Triple-A ISO numbers of between .190 and .215 suggest a Major League ISO in the range of .140 to .165. It's certainly possible, especially in Coors Field, that Smith will produce power levels above this range, but a .200+ ISO for a second year in a row should not be expected. He should continue to hit for a decent average and pile up walks, but don't expect quite as many doubles or home runs next year. Still, even with a decline in power, Smith should be a valuable outfielder due to his on-base ability. (Jack Moore)
With Brad Hawpe gone, Seth Smith might get his big chance in 2011. Then again, considering his immense platoon split, he might again be a part-time player. When he does face righties he can absolutely mash them. Even amid a rough season in 2010 he still hit 17 homers in 306 AB against righties. If he continues to play only against righties and rebounds to somewhere between his 2008 and 2009 seasons he can be a valuable player off the bench, ready to sub in when the Rockies face a weak right-handed pitcher. As a platoon player it's tough to expect much in the way of runs or RBI, and even if he does play full time he might struggle enough against lefties that it holds back his totals. But if he's around in the later rounds he'll be worth a few points per week if deployed strategically. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
Platoon lefties can provide value, and Smith hits righties with the best of them. If substituted properly he can be an excellent bench player.
Smith is a mighty useful bat to have in the lineup in a couple of ways. For one, he absolutely pounds right-handed pitching, to the tune of a .881 OPS. He has to be shielded against lefties, however, as he's flailed away to a .588 mark versus southpaws in his brief five-year career. Similarly, Smith is absolutely dazzling at Coors Field, with a .925 home OPS versus a .750 road mark. The latter probably explains why he might drop in 2012 drafts due to calling Oakland home now. Still, Smith's 2011 triple-slash of .284/.347/.483 (.357 wOBA) speaks volumes. Don't forget about him. Especially in leagues like all ottoneu formats, where a deep bench can allow you to plug him in during the right matchups. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
He'll absolutely murder righties again in Oakland, but it's a tougher park and he's still in a crowd. If you can afford to platoon him in leagues with deeper benches (like ottoneu), he absolutely makes a good late pick.
By now it isn't a secret that Seth Smith crushes right-handed pitching but seems to struggle against fellow southpaws. When he was first acquired by the A's it was announced that Smith would not be a platoon player. Well, GM's say and do very different things. Smith received all of 80 plate appearances against like handed pitchers this past season, but just because he was plantooned does not mean that he wasn't an effective player. Despite his limited role, Smith still managed to put up an above-average offensive season. His 14 home runs and 23 doubles helped his .180 isolated slugging percentage stay 30 points above average. He figures to return to a platoon situation with Chris Young in the coming season. Smith will never have amazing rate statistics and he just won't play enough to gather those counting numbers either. Expect a repeat of his 2012 numbers: just not quite good enough to roster in standard size leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
Seth Smith is your lefty batting right-hand man. Just because a player is seemingly "trapped" in a platoon situation doesn't mean that said player isn't talented enough -- the situation in Oakland doesn't need him to face lefties. For fantasy purposes, his rate stats are buoyed by this lesser playing time, as he has the platoon advantage, but his counting stats suffer. Unless you play in AL-Only or a very deep mixed league, Smith just shouldn't be on your draft day radar.
After enjoying two mildly successful seasons in Oakland, Seth Smith is off to San Diego to play for the Padres. Smith wasn’t a fantasy option for each of two seasons out of Coors, and now he’s stuck behind four other outfielders on the Padres depth chart. Smith will likely be asked to pinch-hit against righties and provide insurance should Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin fall to injury. With playing time in question and calling a less than ideal ballpark hame, Smith should not be touched in drafts, but you should certainly keep an eye on his playing time and the possibility of a waiver wire pickup in mid-season. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
With playing time in question, Smith isn’t worth drafting, but he’s worth keeping an eye on in case he runs into more at-bats in San Diego.
Smith saw just shy of 400 plate appearances against right-handed pitching and a handful against lefties. He actually hit about as well with and without the platoon advantage, but his work against right-handed pitching is the reason the Mariners traded for him this offseason. For his career, Smith has been 23% better than league average against righties, and he should see another 400 or so plate appearances again this year. That gives him value in deeper mixed leagues and possibly a nice option in AL-only leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
Smith can hit right-handed pitching at a well above average level, and he'll get the chance to do that regularly in Seattle. He should hit around 15 homers, which makes him a good fourth of fifth outfielder in deeper mixed leagues.
From breakout stud to underappreciated asset, Seth Smith has had himself one hell of a career. A left-handed platoon bat, Smith has played in some of the worst hitter’s parks since leaving Colorado, but over the last two seasons, he’s actually been a slightly better hitter at home. With a new cast and crew in charge of the organization, it’s unclear where Smith fits into the team’s batting order. If he hits second -- behind Nori Aoki but in front of Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz -- he would not only get more at bats, but would have a chance to score more runs, as well. Still, as someone who’s on a relatively strict platoon plan, it’s hard for fantasy owners to run Smith out there each and every day. Smith is a better real life player than fantasy asset, but he’ll still have use in leagues that allow daily lineup changes, or daily fantasy play. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Seth Smith is an undervalued real life outfielder, but a properly valued fantasy player. Owners should stay away unless they can make lineup changes daily, as his platoon arrangement will take away at bats.
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