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Justin Smoak | First Baseman | #14

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (11) / TEX
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Justin Smoak went 3-for-3 and drilled a two-run homer in a win over the Rays on Saturday.
His two-run shot off Rays' starter Matt Andriese put the Jays ahead by three and gave them some breathing space in what had been a pitchers' duel up to that point. Smoak has been getting everyday playing time in Toronto this year and has been a pleasant surprise to his fantasy owners. He is batting .271/.308/.521 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 78 plate appearances. Apr 29 - 4:39 PM

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Justin Smoak finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning in Saturday's loss against the Angels.

The switch hitter has hit safely in three straight while delivering six RBI over the past five outings. He has been starting regularly and is worth using as a corner infielder in most AL-only fantasy formats.
Apr 23 - 2:29 AM

Justin Smoak had an RBI double and a solo home run on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Both knocks came off of Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Smoak has heated up over the last few days with two longballs, a double and a triple over his last four games. He'll continue to be mixed in at first base for the Blue Jays.
Apr 18 - 11:23 PM

Justin Smoak crushed his first home run of the year in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

Smoak committed some lefty on lefty crime with his fourth-inning solo shot off of O's starter Wade Miley. He also had an RBI single in the second inning, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. With his two-hit attack, Smoak is now hitting .250/.276/.429 with three RBI on the young season.
Apr 14 - 10:30 PM

Justin Smoak went 2-for-3 and scored a run during a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He singled and scored in the third inning, then led off the eighth inning with a ground rule double before being lifted for a pinch-runner. Smoak somehow sits atop the Blue Jays' depth chart at first base despite coming off a dismal 2016 season in which he batted just .214 with 14 homers and 34 RBI in 126 games. The 30-year-old's .223 career batting average doesn't offer much hope that he will ever be a player worthy of fantasy rosters.
Apr 5 - 9:48 PM

Justin Smoak is starting at first and hitting eighth for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

Smoak did not start in the Blue Jays' season-opening loss on Monday. The veteran first baseman will be taking his hacks against O's starter Dylan Bundy in Wednesday's contest. In additional Jays lineup news, Steve Pearce will be starting in left field and will be hitting seventh. Ezequiel Carrera does not draw a slot in the starting lineup, but will be available off the bench.
Apr 5 - 4:09 PM

While his teammates were combining for 11 runs, Justin Smoak went 0-for-4 Sunday against the Pirates, dropping his spring average to .121.

There were no shortage of first basemen available this winter, but the Jays opted to stick with Smoak. They've even indicated that they'd like him to start regularly at first base this year, with Steve Pearce playing left field. However, with Pearce yet to play the outfield as he comes off forearm surgery and Smoak failing to make any quality contact at all this spring, one imagines that Pearce will wind up playing a lot of first base early on, putting Smoak on the bench.
Mar 19 - 5:33 PM

Justin Smoak has replaced Devon Travis (knee) on the Blue Jays' ALCS roster against the Indians.

Travis aggravated a knee injury in Game 1 on Friday and MLB approved the Blue Jays' request to replace him on the roster. The switch-hitting Smoak struck out in his lone plate appearances during the ALDS and batted .217/.314/.391 with 14 homers over 126 games during the regular season.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 03:14:00 PM

Justin Smoak finished 3-for-5 with a homer, five RBI, and two runs scored against the Twins on Friday.

Smoak gave the Blue Jays the lead in the second inning with a three-run homer and they wouldn’t look back. He also notched a pair of RBI singles. It was a rare big night for Smoak. This was just his second multi-hit game dating back to early June.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:15:00 PM

Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

In an alignment that may start to happen more often, Edwin Encarnacion is getting the start at first base while Jose Bautista serves as the designated hitter and Melvin Upton gets the call in right field.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Blue Jays signed 1B Justin Smoak to a two-year, $8.25 million extension through 2018.

The deal includes a $6 million option for 2019 or a $250,000 buyout. According to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, that option can increase to $8 million through escalators based on plate appearances. The Jays still aren't close to reaching long-term deals with Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion, but at least they got Smoak taken care of. The 29-year-old hasn't been anything special this year, hitting just .234 with nine homers over 214 at-bats.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 12:18:00 PM

Justin Smoak blasted a solo home run in the sixth inning on Friday, accounting for the Blue Jays lone run in a loss to the Indians.

That's one total run in 19 innings of baseball. The Blue Jays were held to just 11 hits on the afternoon by Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer and a host of Indians relievers. Smoak finished the day 1-for-6 and is now batting .236/.333/.403 with eight homers and 21 RBI on the season.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Justin Smoak (knee) struck out in all three of his at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.

Smoak hadn't started in over a week while battling a sore knee. He's hit a wall of late, batting just .125/.239/.325 over his last 18 games.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 08:43:00 AM

Justin Smoak (knee) served as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Smoak has been held out of the starting lineup since last Wednesday due to knee soreness. He appeared as a pinch hitter on Monday and played defense on Tuesday, so it sounds like he's getting close.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 08:36:00 AM

Justin Smoak (knee) fouled out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Rockies.

Smoak has been held out of action since last Wednesday with left knee soreness. That he was able to pinch-hit indicates that he's close to returning to the lineup.
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 09:06:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Bo Schultz
10Dominic Leone