2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Justin Smoak
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak and tells fantasy baseball owners what they can expect during the 2019 MLB season.
After a breakout in 2017, Justin Smoak took some steps back last year but still produced 25 home runs in 147 games for the Blue Jays. But, with an offense in decline until the pipeline arrives, Smoak’s counting statistics regressed with only 67 runs and 77 RBI. His slash line also went down with a .242/.350/.457 line to finish the season. Not great, but not awful given the current climate of batting averages in the major leagues.
Smoak did hit fewer line drives and fly balls last year with an increase in ground ball rate, especially in the second half. Hopefully this does carry over into this season given his calling card as a later round target for home runs at a weakened position. Perhaps Smoak became a little too pull heavy trying to hit homers and it affected his overall performance.
Over the last two years, Smoak’s appeared in 305 games with 152 runs, 63 home runs, 167 RBI and a .256/.353/.495 line. His isolated power of .238 meshes well with his 12.7 walk percentage...