After losing 24 pounds, a slimmed down Smith is adapting well despite the new challenge that Triple-A pitching poses.
"Triple-A pitchers, they're a lot smarter than Double-A pitchers," Smith said. "They don't give in too much. You've got to be patient. They could throw every pitch for a strike. They could start you off with it and then throw an even better to strike you out with it, so I'm trying to just be smart and trying to just not chase pitches."
The Mets have to be pleased with their No. 2 prospect, who went 4-for-6, including his first Triple-A home run and three RBIs
The 21-year-old first baseman is showing potential by maintaining the numbers that made him stand out in Double-A last season.
He's batting .440 in 25 at-bats and is steadily showing his value as a power hitter. Look for Smith to make steady improvements to become a quality player in the major leagues.