The Power Hitting Justin Smoak

Former Texas Rangers first-round pick Justin Smoak is finally producing near his projected ceiling.  The question is, how seriously do we take a 30-game stretch?

Over his last 124 plate appearances for the Mariners, Smoak has posted a triple slash of .300/.379/.545.  Contrast this to his first 141 PA’s of 2013 where Smoak was a .235/.355/.311 hitter.

His full season (67 games) 37% OBP leads the team.  The team is the Mariners but this is still a solid on-base skill-set.

The real difference in Smoak’s half-season has been his power splits:

  • 1 HR in first 127 AB’s
  • 7 HR in last 150 AB’s

Which is the real Justin Smoak?  Based on scouting and perceive skill-set I would go with the power hitting version of Smoak.


Posted on July 15, 2013, in split stats and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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