Will Smith

#16 C / L.A. Dodgers / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 200 lb Age: 25 College: Louisville Bats/Throws -/-

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Goes deep Saturday

      Will Smith went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs, two RBI and a walk in a victory versus the Angels on Saturday.Smith knocked in a run with a single in the first inning and capped the Los Angeles Dodgers' scoring in the eighth with a solo homer to left field. The backstop has enjoyed a strong second major-league campaign, slashing .300/.414/.600 with eight homers and 25 RBI.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Leaves yard in victory

      Will Smith went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk and another run scored during Friday's win against the Angels.Smith gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the lead with a two-run shot against Matt Andriese in the fifth inning. It was the seventh home run of the season for the 25-year-old backstop, who is slashing .290/.403/.570 across 35 games.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Sitting Saturday

      Will Smith is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rockies, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.Smith finds himself sitting for the second game in a row, something that hadn't happened yet this season except during the period that he was sidelined with a neck injury. This doesn't seem to be a sign of him losing playing time, which would be quite a surprise given his 1.013 OPS, but it's instead due to the fact that Clayton Kershaw will throw to his personal catcher Austin Barnes, who's caught all of his starts this season.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Not in lineup

      Will Smith is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.Smith hits the bench after starting seven of the last eight games. He posted a 1.074 OPS over that stretch, right in line with his season-long 1.013 mark in that category. Austin Barnes will be the catcher Friday.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Could be used as DH in postseason

      Manager Dave Roberts indicated Thursday that he is considering using Will Smith as the team's designated hitter in games that he doesn't catch during the playoffs, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.Though catchers aren't typically targeted for the DH role, Smith has been one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' best hitters this season, leading Roberts to consider a way to keep his bat in the lineup on an everyday basis. Austin Barnes will certainly catch some contests if the Dodgers advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, but Roberts used both Barnes and Smith in the starting lineup when Smith DH'd last week, and the same setup could be employed again this weekend as the team prepares for the postseason. The desire to deploy Smith as an offensive weapon is justified by his .303/.417/.596 slash line and 18:16 BB:K.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Drives in three

      Will Smith went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and three RBI in Wednesday's win over San Diego.Smith came through with a pair of big two-out hits in the contest, driving home a run with an infield single in the third inning and knocking in two more with a double to deep center in the fifth. Manager Dave Roberts recently indicated a preference to have Smith hit in the middle of the lineup due to his ability to produce quality at-bats, and the backstop certainly justified his skipper's comments Wednesday. In fact, Smith has been swinging a hot stick for the last two weeks; since Sept. 2, he has gone 16-for-34 (.471) with two homers, four doubles and seven RBI.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Moves up in order

      Will Smith has hit fourth or fifth in the order in each of his last three games, and manager Dave Roberts stated that he prefers the backstop in that area of the lineup, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.Smith began the season hitting in the lower part of the order but has worked his way up due to an improved approach at the plate this season. "As far as Will in the middle of the order, I think his at-bat quality has been consistent, the on-base, using the whole field," Roberts said. "As we look out, to finish the season and into the postseason, I just want to count on the certainty of a quality at-bat." Smith was slated to bat fifth Tuesday -- as he had in his previous two starts -- but was moved up to the cleanup spot after Max Muncy was removed from the lineup in order to get a day of rest. Smith has been among the Los Angeles Dodgers' most effective hitters this season, slashing .300/.424/.600 with six home runs and 15 RBI. He has already matched his walk total (18) from last season -- in nearly 100 fewer at-bats -- while reducing his strikeout rate from 26.5 percent to 13.1 percent.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Not starting Monday

      Will Smith isn't starting Monday's game against the Padres.Smith drew starts in the past four games and has been on a tear recently, going 8-for-12 with three doubles over the past three contests. He'll get a day off Monday with Austin Barnes starting behind the plate.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: Perfect night at plate

      Will Smith went 4-for-4 with a double during Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.Smith set a new career high by tallying four hits in a single game, including a double in the fourth inning against Madison Bumgarner. The 25-year-old backstop improved his batting line to .279/.425/.603 with six home runs and four doubles on the year.

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      Dodgers' Will Smith: On bench Tuesday

      Will Smith is not in the lineup Tuesday against Arizona.Smith and Austin Barnes have alternated starts behind the plate over the last six games. Barnes will take his turn Tuesday, but Smith should be back in the lineup Wednesday if the pattern continues.