Player Profile: Drafted 11th overall by the Mets in the 2013 Amateur Draft, first baseman Dominic Smith is one of the Mets highly regarded prospects heading into the 2016 season. Smith, who was drafted out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, CA, caught the eye of many teams with his exceptional hitting capabilities and stellar first base play. Baseball America ranks Smith as the Mets #3 top prospect heading into the 2016 season.
2015 Highlights: Promoted to High-A St. Lucie Mets in 2015, Smith put on a clinic making his rank in the Mets organization no surprise. Touted for his hitting mechanics and smooth, simple swing, the 20-year-old posted the fourth-highest average in the Florida State League at .305. Smith also roped 33 doubles leading the league in that category. His homerun total of six didn’t impress scouts, as his production wasn’t on par with most first basemen in the majors. However, that statistic was over matched by Smith’s 79 RBIs and .354 on-base percentage last season. In the field, he had a .990 fielding percentage committing only 10 errors. Having his best year of professional baseball at such a young age, Smith made a name for himself in the 2015 season.
Contract Situation: Originally committing to USC, Smith instead signed with the Mets after he was drafted in 2013 for a total $2.6 million. His assigned value for being drafted overall was $2.84 million. However, he decided to sign the deal the Mets gave him and head straight to minor league ball.
Tradable/Untradeable: Smith has a tremendous upside as he showed last season, which is why the Mets won’t be looking to trade him this season. Drawing comparison to James Loney because of his level swing and great fielding abilities, Smith is a versatile player to have in a farm system has he isn’t secluded to one position. With that powerful left arm, Smith could potentially work as a corner outfielder if the Mets need him there.
2016 Outlook: The team and scouts alike hold Smith in high praise after last season, so he will no doubt be looking to start 2016 on the right foot. He had a shaky beginning to 2015 hitting .220 in April, and then suffering an injury, but came back red hot and with a vengeance. After a great Arizona Fall League performance this offseason, Smith was invited to join the Mets in Port St. Lucie for spring training to showcase his skills against major league talent. However, look for Smith to be on the opening day roster for the Double-A Binghamton Mets with the potential to reach Triple-A Las Vegas if his production continues in 2016.