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Top Kevin Smith News

  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Goes yard Sunday

    Smith, who went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-3 Cactus League loss to the Padres, is now hitting .353 (6-for-17) across seven Cactus League contests.

    Smith has hit safely in three of the last four exhibitions, and he also notably got Cactus League play off to a rousing start with a two-hit, three-RBI day against the Diamondbacks on Feb. 25. On the other hand, he has a 0:8 BB:K so far this spring after posting a 27.8 percent strikeout rate in the majors in 2022, and a 30.0 percent rate at Triple-A. The 26-year-old struggled to a .180/.216/.302 slash line across 151 plate appearances at the big-league level last year, but he's put up impressive power/speed numbers at every minor-league stop and can potentially fill in at shortstop, third base, designated hitter and the corner outfield spots.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Still scuffling in Vegas

    Smith, who was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on June 13, has produced a .208/.257/.228 slash line over his first 25 games with the Aviators.

    Smith has alarmingly struck out at a higher clip (31.2 percent) with Las Vegas than he did with the Athletics (27.8 percent), and his batting average and OBP are only marginally better than the .180 and .216 figures he generated at the big-league level. The 26-year-old did post a .285 average and .931 OPS with Triple-A Buffalo in the Blue Jays organization last season, and he figures to remain at Las Vegas trying to iron out the kinks unless injuries necessitate a promotion.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Sent to Triple-A

    Smith was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Smith is 0-for-16 at the dish over seven games in June and has just one hit over his last 40 at-bats, so he'll head to the minors to push the reset button. The Athletics have yet to announce a corresponding move.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Sitting Wednesday

    Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against Atlanta.

    Smith will sit out a second consecutive game Wednesday as Matt Davidson will draw another start at third base and bat eighth. It's possible that Davidson will get the lion's share of starts at the hot corner for the time being.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Hits bench again Tuesday

    Smith is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game in Atlanta, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Smith will take a seat for the second time in three games while the Athletics give new Triple-A Las Vegas call-up Matt Davidson a look at third base. Though Oakland is in rebuilding mode and is prioritizing the development of younger players, Smith could be at risk of a demotion if his ongoing slump continues much longer. Over his last 10 games, Smith has gone 1-for-30 while striking out 11 times and drawing only two walks.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: On bench Saturday

    Smith isn't starting Saturday against Boston.

    Smith started in the last two games and went 0-for-6 with a walk and four strikeouts. He'll get a breather while Chad Pinder starts at the hot corner and bats fifth.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Walks in return to action

    Smith (knee) went 0-for-2 with a walk in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

    The rookie had missed Tuesday's matchup with a knee bruise, but he was able to start and play a full game at third base Wednesday. Smith is still mostly scuffling against big-league arms, as his season line stands at an unsightly .200/.227/.336 following Wednesday's contest.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Back in lineup

    Smith (knee) is starting Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Smith sat out Tuesday's matchup due to a bruised knee, but he'll start at the hot corner and bat eighth Wednesday. He went 1-for-11 with a double and two strikeouts over the his last three games.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Sitting out Tuesday

    Smith (knee) is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    The 25-year-old exited Monday's matchup with Houston due to a knee bruise, and he'll be withheld from the lineup for at least one game. Manager Mark Kotay previously said he expected Smith to be available Tuesday, so there's a chance he makes an appearance off the bench.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Diagnosed with bruised knee

    Smith left Monday's game against the Astros early due to a knee contusion, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    According to Gallegos, Smith likely suffered the injury on a diving attempt near the dugout, but he appears to have avoided any significant damage. Oakland manager Mark Kotsay stated after the game that he expects Smith to be available for the second game of the series Tuesday.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Departs with apparent injury

    Smith exited Monday's game against the Astros in the bottom of the sixth inning due to an apparent injury, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    The Athletics were held without a hit for the first five innings of Monday's matchup, but Smith led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double. However, the 25-year-old slowed down as he headed into second base and left the game with a trainer. The exact nature and severity of his injury aren't yet clear.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Heads to bench Friday

    Smith is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Smith started the past five games and will take a seat after going 4-for-16 with a double, an RBI and two runs during that stretch. Sheldon Neuse will man the hot corner in his place.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Multi-hit effort in Sunday's loss

    Smith went 2-for-3 with a double and a run in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

    Smith mustered the only multi-hit effort of the day in yet another meager offensive output for the Athletics. The 25-year-old's .222/.243/.384 slash line leaves plenty to be desired, but he's now notably laced 11 of his 22 hits for extra bases.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Not in Saturday's lineup

    Smith isn't starting Saturday against the Angels.

    Smith started in the last seven games and hit .190 with a homer, three RBI and seven strikeouts. Sheldon Neuse will shift to third base while Cristian Pache starts in center field.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Second straight two-hit effort

    Smith went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Twins on Wednesday, his second consecutive two-hit effort.

    With Wednesday's production, Smith pulled his average back up over the Mendoza Line to .209. The 25-year-old had belted his second home run of the season in Tuesday's win, a two-run shot that had staked Oakland to an early 2-0 lead in what was ultimately a 5-2 victory. Nine of Smith's 19 hits have impressively gone for extra bases thus far, so if he can continue to pick up the pace at the plate the more he acclimates to big-league arms, he could turn into a viable fantasy asset over the course of his rookie season.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Day off Friday

    Smith will sit Friday against the Angels.

    Smith sits after starting 10 straight games, a stretch in which he hit just .176/.200/.382. Sheldon Neuse will start at third base Friday.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Collects three hits in twin bill

    Smith went 3-for-7 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base across both games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

    Smith started at third base and shortstop during the twin bill and now has hits in each of the past three games. The 25-year-old is handling an everyday role for Oakland but doesn't offer much production with a .219/.254/.375 slash line along with one home run, seven RBI, five runs and two stolen bases.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Handling everyday role

    Smith will start at third base and bat sixth in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Tigers.

    Smith is getting his seventh start in a row and looks to be locked in as the Athletics' everyday third baseman against both left- and right-handed pitching now that the more versatile Sheldon Neuse has moved into picking up regular at-bats at several different positions. Despite the steady playing time, Smith hasn't offered much from a fantasy perspective since slugging a grand slam in a May 3 loss to the Rays. In the five games that followed, Smith went 1-for-15 with a triple, a walk and no runs or RBI.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Belts grand slam

    Smith went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a 10-7 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Smith took opposing starter Ryan Yarbrough deep to left in the first inning to give Oakland an early 5-1 lead, though that would be it for his damage at the plate. Since going hitless through his first six games, the 25-year-old has turned things around by going 10-for-27 over his last nine. The homer was Smith's first and he's now slashing .233/.267/.395 with half of his 10 hits going for extra bases.

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  • Athletics' Kevin Smith: Takes seat Monday

    Smith isn't starting Monday against the Rays.

    Smith started in the last two games and went 3-for-7 with a double, an RBI, a steal and a strikeout. Sheldon Neuse will shift to third base while Jed Lowrie serves as the designated hitter Monday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 190 lbs
Birthplace: East Greenbush, NY
Age: 26
School: Maryland
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R