Kevan Smith

#44 C / Tampa Bay Rays / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 lb Age: 32 College: Pittsburgh Bats/Throws -/-

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      Rays' Kevan Smith: Makes statement in sim game

      Kevan Smith hit a home run off Colin Poche in Thursday's simulated game, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.The backup catcher's round tripper is noteworthy -- even though it came in a sim game -- considering he's in a tight competition with Chris Herrmann for what could be a third catcher job. Smith's solid body of work as a hitter over the last three major-league seasons is one of the principal reasons he's considered a serious contender to stick on an expanded Opening Day roster, but the decision may came down to the wire with Herrmann also impressing thus far.

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      Rays' Kevan Smith: Heads to Port Charlotte site

      Kevan Smith has been transferred to the Tampa Bay Rays' secondary summer camp site in Port Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.The veteran catcher was in the thick of a competition with Chris Herrmann for a spot when spring training was suspended, and the possibility exists the Rays carry three catchers with rosters expanded to 30 players to open the regular season. Smith's shift to Port Charlotte doesn't signify anything with respect to his chances, as the team is labeling his and Herrmann's move to that location as a way to 'better distribute the workload" between the two camp sites.

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      Rays' Kevan Smith: Included in player pool

      Kevan Smith is part of the 60-man player pool that will report to the Tampa Bay Rays' summer camp, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.The veteran backstop will have the opportunity to resume his battle with Chris Herrmann for a potential third catcher role behind Mike Zunino and Michael Perez. The fact rosters will be expanded for the first four weeks of the season could mean manager Kevin Cash won't have to make what was shaping up as a difficult decision at backstop, but the three-plus weeks of summer camp should help shake things out further.

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      Rays' Kevan Smith: Bat could be key to roster spot

      Kevan Smith's offensive skills could give him an upper hand in the backup catcher job battle, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.Smith is battling Michael Perez and Chris Herrmann to slot in behind starting backstop Mike Zunino. Smith is the only right-handed hitter among the trio -- perhaps not an asset for a job behind the right-handed hitting Zunino -- but he's also coming off a 2019 season with the Angels during which he posted career highs in exit velocity (89.4 mph) and expected batting average (.294). While Smith's average slumped to a still-serviceable .251 last season, it's worth noting he'd generated much stronger .283 and .292 figures in that category in 2017 and 2018, respectively. On the other hand, Perez is the only one of the three candidates on the 40-man roster already, giving Smith a tougher hill to climb to win the spot. The 31-year-old was hitting .263 (5-for-19) with four RBI and five runs across nine Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended.

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      Rays' Kevan Smith: Chance at backup catching job

      Kevan Smith has a solid chance of securing the backup catching job this spring, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. "[Kevan's] got major-league reps," said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash. "He's caught for the White Sox, for the Angels. It's nice to have a guy that has enough under his belt and is confident enough to kind of been there, done that, through other camps."Mike Zunino appears to have a relatively secure grasp on the top backstop job to open the season, but after seeing Travis d'Arnaud head to Atlanta in free agency this offseason, the Tampa Bay Rays are looking for a reliable No. 2 option with some experience. Smith fits the bill on both counts, and he brings the added bonus of a solid bat that's helped lead to a career .272/.318/.381 line across 707 plate appearances. The 31-year-old has competition for the backup role in the form of incumbent Michael Perez and non-roster invitee Chris Herrmann, but Smith may have the inside track if he demonstrates sufficient improvement on the defensive side and masters the team's pitching staff this spring.

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      Rays' Kevan Smith: Lands with Rays

      Kevan Smith signed a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday as a non-roster invitee, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.Smith was non-tendered by the Angels in early December, but he'll settle for a minor-league contract after appearing primarily in the majors over the past two seasons. The 31-year-old hit .251/.318/.393 with five home runs and 20 RBI over 67 games in 2019 as he served as a backup for the Halos. While his past experience could allow him to serve as depth in the majors at some point in 2020, Smith's production will need to rebound if he hopes to have an impact in the big leagues.

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      Kevan Smith: Hits open market

      Kevan Smith was non-tendered by the Angels on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.Smith spent just one season with the Angels, slashing .251/.318/.393 with five homers, 20 RBI and a -0.2 WAR in 2019. He's likely headed for a backup role following his departure from Los Angeles.

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      Angels' Kevan Smith: Idle for season finale

      Kevan Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.Smith will sit out the season finale in what amounts to a routine breather for the day game after a night game. Anthony Bemboom will check in behind the plate while Smith wraps up the 2019 campaign with a .251/.318/.393 slash line across 211 plate appearances.

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      Angels' Kevan Smith: Sitting Friday

      Kevan Smith isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.Smith will head to the bench after picking up a pair of RBI in Thursday's series opener. Anthony Bemboom is set to handle the catching duties and hit ninth.

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      Angels' Kevan Smith: Heads to bench

      Kevan Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.Smith has started five of the past six games behind the dish, going 6-for-21 (.286) with a home run and four RBI. Anthony Bemboom is starting at backstop and hitting ninth in this one.