After utterly destroying the California League with the Bakersfield Blaze from 2013-2014, hitting .316/.429/.590 over the two seasons, the Reds sent Marquez Smith to Double-A for the 2015 season to play with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos where he had only seen limited action in the previous two seasons (114 total plate appearances in 2013-2014).

Things got out to a very tough start for the corner infielder, hitting just .231/.329/.291 in April and May. His plate discipline was good in that time frame, but he managed to hit just seven doubles with no triples or home runs over 140 plate appearances. In May the batting average jumped up from .182 in April to .260, but the lack of power was still holding back the overall production for Smith.

In June everything changed for the right handed hitter. Smith hit .312/.384/.494 on the month.  In 86 plate appearances he smacked four home runs and added two doubles while also drawing nine walks and striking out just 15 times. He carried that right over into July where he hit .289/.373/.505 with 12 extra-base hits in 110 plate appearances.

A week into August things have been even better for the 30-year-old Smith. With 26 plate appearances, five of his seven hits have gone for extra-bases while posting a line of .368/.538/.684. Smith has walked seven times with four strikeouts to go with the four doubles and triple.

The 2015 season has been a big split of two parts for the right handed hitter. In April and May he had an OPS of just .619 as he struggled to hit for any kind of power, something that’s been a staple of his career and it trickled down into his average as well. Since the calendar flipped over to June his season looks much like the Marquez Smith of the past, hitting .306/.396/.518 in 222 plate appearances with 12 doubles, four triples and seven home runs.


Here’s video from Friday night where Marquez Smith doubled in Jesse Winker in the 8th inning to put Pensacola ahead.

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13 Responses

  1. Tom Gray

    Similar to Crash Davis of the Durham Bulls, Smith may be a career MiLB with good power numbers.

  2. terry m


    You were going to try and see if you could get some info on Romero from the DSL Rojos . Any luck yet ?

    Another name of interest P. Manzanero a 19 year old catcher for the Rojos. In 107 at bats he has 7 home runs. Think he has been out on a injury for awhile and just recently been back in the lineup. Just wondering..

  3. Ian

    How come he has never been given a chance with the big league club?

    • Doug Gray

      He’s a rather undersized guy. Still, it’s strange how the Reds have used him. He’s had success in Triple-A before coming to the Reds system, then they sent him all of the way down to Advanced-A where he tore the cover off of the ball for two years in his late 20’s.

      I’d love to see the organization, in a lost season, give a game in the big leagues to guys like Ray Chang and Marquez Smith for doing what they’ve done with the organization. I doubt it happens, but I’d love to see it.

      • HavaKlu

        Agree with you Doug—–that’s one of the best moments in baseball when a career minor leaguer gets a shot—–even if it’s just brief. The problem would be, who do you drop from the 40 man to allow this to happen?

      • Tom Gray

        The 40 man roster spots are pretty valuable to give Smith or Chang MLB games on their resume.

      • Doug Gray

        Adcock to the 60-day opens one spot. Make it happen.

    • Tom Gray

      If they can bring something to Sept 2015 Reds, go for it.

      As some kind of reward, no.

  4. HavaKlu

    In retrospect, I think I’d give that second call up to Drew Hayes instead of Ray Chang.
    He might actually fit in the bull pen.

    • Jim H.

      Drew averages 5.1 BB/inning. His WHIP is north of 1.5. He’s got more work to do.

      • h

        Sampson’s Whip and walks/9 were worse and so far he’s faring better in the Majors. That happens sometimes with increased concentration.