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Justin Smoak | First Baseman | #14

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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 (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. Jun 25 - 1:19 PM

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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.
Jun 17 - 10:17 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.
May 31 - 10:15 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.
May 14 - 1:34 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.
May 3 - 11:35 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.
May 1 - 10:04 AM

Justin Smoak is starting at first base and batting sixth for the Blue Jays on Friday against the Red Sox.

Smoak has seven hits -- including three homers -- in 16 career at-bats against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. The Jays also have Josh Thole catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, as usual.
Apr 15 - 3:41 PM

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

This one is disappointing news for daily fantasy players who may have wanted to exploit Smoak's monster numbers against Rick Porcello (7-for-16, four homers). With Josh Donaldson still limited to the designated hitter role, there simply wasn't any room for the Smoak Monster.
Apr 9 - 10:51 AM

Justin Smoak is starting at first base and batting sixth Tuesday night against the Rays.

Chris Colabello got the start at first base Monday versus Rays left-hander Drew Smyly, but it'll be Smoak on Tuesday against right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Those two will likely share the position all season, with Edwin Encarnacion sometimes working into the mix. Colabello will also see some corner-outfield starts.
Apr 5 - 3:36 PM

Justin Smoak doubled, singled and walked in his three plate appearances Friday.

Smoak is hitting .346 with two homers and three doubles in 26 at-bats this spring. He'll maintain his gig as the Blue Jays' first baseman against right-handers, likely platooning with Chris Colabello.
Mar 18 - 4:33 PM

Justin Smoak homered Thursday in the Blue Jays' 10-8 win over the Pirates.

Smoak also has a double and a walk in his six plate appearances to date. He's no stranger to strong spring trainings, so take his March performance with a grain of salt. Still, he was a valuable part-time player for the Blue Jays last year and he should continue to contribute against righties this season.
Mar 3 - 5:39 PM

Blue Jays and 1B Justin Smoak avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

Smoak logged a career-best .470 slugging mark with the Blue Jays in 2015 after struggling in four-plus seasons with the Mariners. Overall, he had 18 home runs, 16 doubles, and 59 RBI over 296 at-bats in his first year with Toronto. The former top prospect turns 29 on December 5. He's hit at least 15 home runs in three of the last four seasons.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 07:05:00 PM

Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night in Kansas City.

Chris Colaballo will get the start at first base and bat fifth against Edinson Volquez and the Royals on Friday, while Edwin Encarnacion continues to function as the team's designated hitter. Smoak will provide quality left-handed thump off the bench in the late innings.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 08:00:00 PM

Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Monday night versus the Orioles.

Smoak went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI on Sunday afternoon against the Rays, but he'll sit in Monday's series opener in Baltimore. Edwin Encarnacion is at DH and Chris Colabello is starting at first base.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 03:42:00 PM

Justin Smoak went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Friday's win over the Red Sox.

Smoak notched his two-run double off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in the fourth inning. It was his 14th two-bagger of the season. Once one of the premier prospects in the game, the 28-year-old first baseman is slashing .227/.303/.473 with 16 homers and 51 RBI over 260 at-bats.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 10:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Chris Colabello
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
2Junior Lake
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Drew Storen
3Brett Cecil
4Jason Grilli
5Joe Biagini
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Chad Girodo