June 25, 2021

Dodgers: Will Smith Called the Best Catcher in the NL West (Dodgers Nation)

Will Smith was all the hype in the summer of 2019. The young catcher, now 24 years of age, has a lot of hype surrounding him still. He started his rookie year off in extremely hot fashion, but cooled off as the temperature did.

Still, according to two different columns coming out of MLB.com, the Dodgers were ranked as having the best catching contingent heading into the 2020 season. The Dodgers will likely lean on Will Smith for the majority of at-bats, Austin Barnes as a backup, and a potential Keibert Ruiz surfacing this summer.

Here is the link to the first column by Paul Casella and the specifics:

“The Dodgers are all-in on 24-year-old Will Smith, who earned the starting job in late July and never looked back. The rookie hit 15 home runs in just 54 big league games — in addition to the 20 he hit at Triple-A Oklahoma City — and finished with a .907 OPS. Smith will be looking to regain that form in 2020 after struggling a bit down the stretch, hitting just .175 in September and .077 (1-for-13) in the postseason. Still, Smith’s upside in…

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