As New York Mets players hope to be selected to the All-Star game this season, a Binghamton Mets’ star has already punched his ticket to Petco Park for the festivities.
First baseman Dominic Smith will be playing for Team USA in the All-Star Futures Game which compiles the best prospects in the minor leagues to go head-to-head. Much like the NBA’s “Rising Star Challenge,” this game allows these prospects to show out in front of fans who may not know of them yet.
Smith has been a rock for the Binghamton Mets to date hitting .259 with a team-leading 48 RBIs. The 21-year-old has been turning heads since his inception into the organization, but this year, it primarily stems from his power numbers. He has launched six homers already tieing his career high.
If the left hander can keep this up, it could very well result in his major league debut. The Mets continue to battle injuries especially at first with Lucas Duda on the disabled list, and if the options of James Loney and Wilmer Flores don’t pan out after the All-Star break, Smith may get the call.
As per ESPN’s Adam Rubin, manager Terry Collins mentioned that Smith would not be “a short-term option” when the team was waiting for Flores to return from his own DL stint. This means Collins wants Smith to ease into the majors to hopefully keep him there for a prolonged period.
The last pair to represent the Binghamton Mets at the Futures game were Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, who recently made his MLB debut a couple days ago.
Smith hopes to be in that great company soon in the big league dugout.