Prospect report: Future Mets slugger Dominic Smith
In June of 2013, the New York Mets had the 11th overall pick in the Major-League Baseball Amateur draft. With that pick, they selected 18-year-old Dominic Smith, a left-handed first baseman out of Los Angeles, California.
For those who aren’t familiar with the draft rules, high school baseball players can apply for the MLB draft but don’t have to go pro. They can go to college and re-enter the draft a couple of year later.
Smith decided to sign his $2.6 million-dollar amateur contract with the Mets, as per Baseball America. As per an Amazin Avenue article from 2013, Smith’s draft report had him rated as a plus defender and an above average hitter. With Lucas Duda’s coming off back issues and in his final year of his contact, the time for Smith to be our everyday first basemen could be soon.
As per MLB’s prospect page, Smith is currently the 55th prospect in baseball, the number 3rd first baseman prospect and is ranked second for Mets prospects behind Amed Rosario. Smith slowly starting growing as a hitter in 2016, playing in Double-A Binghamton. From 2014-2015, Smith was able to raise his average from .271-.305 but that wasn’t the jump scouts looked for. Not having more than 6 from 2013-2015, scouts were waiting for the power to come. In 2016, Smith was able to raise his home run total to 14 while playing in Binghamton.
I do believe that Smith will play a huge factor for the Mets in 2017. Going into this years spring training Smith will get a lot of playing time with the big club. He will get to see a lot of Major League pitching during camp. With at least 3 guys on the 25-man roster that can play first base, Smith will more than likely spend the 2017 season in Triple-A Las Vegas.
It is expected that Smith’s power will increase as a result of him maturing at the plate and because of the thin air in Las Vegas. In September, I do expect him to be called up by the Mets when the roster expands. With both Bruce and Duda’s contacts expiring after the 2017 season, I believe that Smith has the chance to be the opening day first basemen for 2018 season. #LGM