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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 01:19:00 PM

Justin Smoak socked a two-run homer versus the Orioles on Friday.

It was one of five home runs for the Jays on the night, as Michael Saunders hit three of them and Josh Donaldson also went deep. The Blue Jays have now scored 10-plus runs in five out of their last seven games, so their offense is finally clicking, though Jose Bautista (toe) will surely be missed. Smoak owns a respectable .256/.360/.424 batting line with seven homers through 64 games, though he has slowed down considerably since a hot start to the season.
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 10:17:00 PM

Justin Smoak knocked a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Smoak's solo shot in the fourth inning knotted the game up, and the Blue Jays went ahead for good with a three-run seventh. The switch-hitter has given the Jays solid production from first base since Chris Colabello was suspended, batting .284 with five homers over 36 contests.
Tue, May 31, 2016 10:15:00 PM

Justin Smoak went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks, and a run scored against the Rangers on Friday.

Smoak continues to tear the cover off the ball in the wake of Chris Colabello's suspension. He’s batting .483 (14-for-29) with two home runs, three doubles, five RBI, and seven runs scored over 11 games this month. He has already drawn 16 walks this season after walking just 29 times in 328 plate appearances all of last season. It’s encouraging, but he’s still striking out a ton and sports a BABIP (batting average on balls in play) north of .450.
Sat, May 14, 2016 01:34:00 AM

Justin Smoak was the Blue Jays' offense Tuesday versus the Rangers, tying the game in the ninth with a homer and winning it with another homer in the 10th.

Not a bad time for your first two longballs of the season. Smoak took closer Shawn Tolleson deep to the opposite field with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the ninth and then deposited a Phil Klein offering again over the left-field wall with a runner on in the 10th. They were the only three runs of the game for the Blue Jays. Smoak is sporting a nifty .267/.421/.422 batting line on the season and will continue to hold down first base with Chris Colabello suspended.
Tue, May 3, 2016 11:35:00 PM

Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

The Jays have Edwin Encarnacion at first base, Jose Bautista in the designated hitter spot and Ezequiel Carrera in right field. Smoak hit just .189/.375/.216 in April.
Sun, May 1, 2016 10:04:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Juan Graterol
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
5Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Jose Tabata
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7T.J. House
8Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Brett Oberholtzer
10Danny Barnes
11Gavin Floyd
12Dominic Leone
13Lucas Harrell
14Matt Dermody