It feels a bit like cheating because he’s already been up this year but, Will Smith has been putting on a show in Triple-A and protecting him and his service time are really the only reasons he isn’t in the majors to stay.
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This year between Triple-A and the Show, Smith is hitting .288 with 14 home runs (12 in Triple-A and 2 in the majors) and has collected 39 total RBI’s.
Dodgers general manager, Andrew Friedman has said on multiple occasions how special Smith is and has said, “he is a gold glover at the big league level.” In his short stint with the big league club, Smith his two bombs and accumulated .3 WAR in just 21 AB’s. With Triple-A, he has a .984 OPS.
Smith is the player to keep an eye on mostly because everyone already is.
The Dodgers will almost certainly employ the young catcher full-time next year and he should be joined sometime in the next two years but backstop companion Keibert Ruiz. When the Dodgers add Ruiz to the roster, the tandem pair behind the plate could be one of the best duos in the majors.
For now, Smith will be in the spotlight and in it he has and should continue to perform.