Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Justin Smoak Newsbeat

Monday, July 10, 2017

MLB’s All-Surprise Team

First Base: Justin Smoak, Blue Jays
First base has the fiercest competition for the “most surprising” honor, but Smoak, who carried a below-average bat for nearly 3,000 plate appearances before this year, has the slightest edge over his peers. The switch-hitting Blue Jay has already set a career high in homers (23). He’s chopped his strikeout rate almost in half from last season. He’s increased his career WAR from 0.2 to 2.4. He’s navigated the common career path from top prospect to traded-for-an-ace top prospect to failed top prospect, only to buck the trend by breaking out half a decade later. A below-replacement-level player in 2016, Smoak would now need to make outs in his next 140 at-bats for his 2017 slugging percentage to fall to his pre-2017 career mark.


 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
greenback is not cosmopolitan
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 14 August 2014: The American Pastimes of Rock ’n’ Roll, Baseball and Poetry
(2475 - 7:05am, Aug 19)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogRed Sox want to do away with 'racist' legacy of famed Yawkey Way
(60 - 7:01am, Aug 19)
Last: DavidFoss

NewsblogSummer Top-100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball
(16 - 6:58am, Aug 19)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo

NewsblogMLB Commissioner says approval for sale of Miami Marlins is on track | Miami Herald
(8 - 3:13am, Aug 19)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogOMNICHATTER eats punks like you for breakfast, for August 18, 2017
(122 - 2:31am, Aug 19)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogArthur: Buster Posey Has Quietly Become A Lock For Cooperstown
(28 - 1:23am, Aug 19)
Last: QLE

Sox TherapyThe Gauntlet
(67 - 1:18am, Aug 19)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo

NewsblogOT: New Season August 2017 Soccer Thread
(146 - 11:13pm, Aug 18)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogJoey Votto on base twice for 20th game in row | MLB.com
(36 - 10:25pm, Aug 18)
Last: John DiFool2

NewsblogTwins Byron Buxton evolving as a hitter | MLB.com
(18 - 10:21pm, Aug 18)
Last: DavidFoss

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Rangers voting thread
(37 - 7:50pm, Aug 18)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogJered Weaver Announces Retirement | MLB.com
(31 - 7:42pm, Aug 18)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogNomar Mazara has five RBIs for Rangers | MLB.com
(10 - 7:08pm, Aug 18)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogSkunk in the Outfield
(22 - 6:35pm, Aug 18)
Last: Khrushin it bro

Gonfalon CubsNow or Never
(89 - 6:16pm, Aug 18)
Last: Meatwad

Page rendered in 0.7571 seconds
45 querie(s) executed