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.