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Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith

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Age: 28College: Sam Houston StateBats: RThrows: L

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Smith looked like the real deal when submitting a 2.38 ERA and 0.89 WHIP through nine starts. He then surrendered 11 runs in three starts spanning just 13 innings before going on the IL with left-hip discomfort. Initially hope of a short stay, he instead missed a month. The 27-year-old had emerged into a top-25 starter before getting hurt, sporting a 31.2% K rate and 14.2% swinging-strike rate behind a stellar slider. After the All-Star break, however, he has a 4.83 ERA with 25 walks in 50.1 innings. It's getting a lot tougher to trust him down the stretch, and it's possible Miami shuts him down if he continues to falter.

Smith was having a breakout season prior to hitting the injured list with hip inflammation, and could be a top-20 fantasy starter in the second half now that he's healthy. He's been a bit fortunate in terms of batted balls in the field of play, and a bit unfortunate in terms of home runs, so that should cancel out and Smith should be able to maintain most of what he's accomplished so far.

Smith may be the most exciting of several excellent young Marlins pitchers. Granted, he won't get to even a dozen wins but 200 Ks is a distinct possibility since he has regained his excellent strikeout numbers from prior to his injury that ended the 2018 season.

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