Q&A with Mets 1st Round Pick Dominic Smith

With their first pick in the 2013 First-Year player draft, the Mets selected Serra High School first baseman Dominic Smith. In this exclusive Draft Day Q&A, Dominic talks about his process of being drafted by the organization, his defensive game, if he's looking to sign quickly, and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Mets?

Dominic Smith: The feeling is one of the best feelings I've ever had. I'm just excited and happy and very, very relieved and I can't wait until I can finally get out there and play.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?

Smith: My type of game, I'm hard working and I play hard every day, day in and day out and I'm a good defender. I see myself as an exciting player. I can play good defense, hit for average, hit for power, and throw. The Mets want me to help the team offensively so that's my job and I fit perfectly under that category.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Smith: […] I guess my strength is I can hit, I can play pretty solid defense at first and also play a little in the outfield. I guess weaknesses … I guess always improving … [getting] bigger and faster and stronger and if I improve those things than I can just get that much closer to take the next step at the next level.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: How about your defensive game? How would you describe that?

Smith: My defensive game is pretty acceptable. I'm trying to play first base like a shortstop playing shortstop and I work very hard on my defense over at first and I take pride in my defense. I take pride in my defense more than I even take pride in my hitting and I really work hard […] I don't want any part of my game to really lack so I really focus on my defense a lot.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so Mets' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Smith: Well, I would probably say I'm like a Todd Helton. I don't see myself as just one player. I try to mimic my game most after great players and I like his swing and it's smooth and it's very good, it's a beautiful left-handed swing. I also like how Mark Teixeira plays. He's an awesome defender […] and a great player as well. He can play the outfield, he can hit, he can run, he can throw. So I love watching those guys play.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?

Smith: I knew the Mets had a lot of interest and they've had a lot of interest in me for the last couple years. I knew once it got down to their pick if I was still available then they would take a shot at me. […] And I know Tom [Tanous], their scouting director down there and he's been talking with me and seeing me over this last year […] I was happy and blessed that they gave me this opportunity.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: You played first base and outfield in high school and even pitched some, what do you think you'll be doing for the Mets?

Smith: The Mets, they tell me that I will be playing first base for them. They also tell me that they feel comfortable with me playing outfield as well, but because my glove is good at first they want me to stay at first base.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Smith: My best moment in baseball, playing baseball, has to be when we won the championship last Friday [at] Dodger Stadium. My high school team, we won a [D3] championship. It's just a great feeling actually winning a championship and finally accomplishing a goal that you've been working hard for for four years. It's another [indescribable] moment and these last couple weeks have been pretty crazy for me: winning the championship and then being drafted in the first round. It's all … it seems not real. It's been a great last couple weeks and I really can't wait till I can finally go up there and just play.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Smith: My favorite team and player growing up were the Angels, and favorite player growing up was Chone Figgins. Chone Figgins was a utility guy and […] I tried to play everything, I was left-handed, but I still tried to play like shortstop and outfield and everywhere. I wanted to be good at every position and that's why I liked Chone, because he's a utility guy and he can play everywhere.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: We know that you were interested in USC and you are even committed, but what are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Smith: I'm going to let it work itself out. Like you said I am committed to SC and they offered me a scholarship and it's close to home, it's by home and it's a beautiful place to be, but I'm just enjoying myself right now, enjoying everything that happened to me the last couple of days.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: So you intend on going pro right now or you want to go to school first?

Smith: I'm [letting] the process work itself out right now. I'm just enjoying the process and just enjoying everything that happened to me and I'm just excited, but I'm going to let everything work itself out.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Mets?
\r\n
\r\nDominic Smith: The feeling is one of the best feelings I've ever had. I'm just excited and happy and very, very relieved and I can't wait until I can finally get out there and play.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: My type of game, I'm hard working and I play hard every day, day in and day out and I'm a good defender. I see myself as an exciting player. I can play good defense, hit for average, hit for power, and throw. The Mets want me to help the team offensively so that's my job and I fit perfectly under that category.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: […] I guess my strength is I can hit, I can play pretty solid defense at first and also play a little in the outfield. I guess weaknesses … I guess always improving … [getting] bigger and faster and stronger and if I improve those things than I can just get that much closer to take the next step at the next level.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: How about your defensive game? How would you describe that?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: My defensive game is pretty acceptable. I'm trying to play first base like a shortstop playing shortstop and I work very hard on my defense over at first and I take pride in my defense. I take pride in my defense more than I even take pride in my hitting and I really work hard […] I don't want any part of my game to really lack so I really focus on my defense a lot.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so Mets' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: Well, I would probably say I'm like a Todd Helton. I don't see myself as just one player. I try to mimic my game most after great players and I like his swing and it's smooth and it's very good, it's a beautiful left-handed swing. I also like how Mark Teixeira plays. He's an awesome defender […] and a great player as well. He can play the outfield, he can hit, he can run, he can throw. So I love watching those guys play.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: I knew the Mets had a lot of interest and they've had a lot of interest in me for the last couple years. I knew once it got down to their pick if I was still available then they would take a shot at me. […] And I know Tom [Tanous], their scouting director down there and he's been talking with me and seeing me over this last year […] I was happy and blessed that they gave me this opportunity.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: You played first base and outfield in high school and even pitched some, what do you think you'll be doing for the Mets?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: The Mets, they tell me that I will be playing first base for them. They also tell me that they feel comfortable with me playing outfield as well, but because my glove is good at first they want me to stay at first base.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: My best moment in baseball, playing baseball, has to be when we won the championship last Friday [at] Dodger Stadium. My high school team, we won a [D3] championship. It's just a great feeling actually winning a championship and finally accomplishing a goal that you've been working hard for for four years. It's another [indescribable] moment and these last couple weeks have been pretty crazy for me: winning the championship and then being drafted in the first round. It's all … it seems not real. It's been a great last couple weeks and I really can't wait till I can finally go up there and just play.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: My favorite team and player growing up were the Angels, and favorite player growing up was Chone Figgins. Chone Figgins was a utility guy and […] I tried to play everything, I was left-handed, but I still tried to play like shortstop and outfield and everywhere. I wanted to be good at every position and that's why I liked Chone, because he's a utility guy and he can play everywhere.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: We know that you were interested in USC and you are even committed, but what are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: I'm going to let it work itself out. Like you said I am committed to SC and they offered me a scholarship and it's close to home, it's by home and it's a beautiful place to be, but I'm just enjoying myself right now, enjoying everything that happened to me the last couple of days.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: So you intend on going pro right now or you want to go to school first?
\r\n
\r\nSmith: I'm [letting] the process work itself out right now. I'm just enjoying the process and just enjoying everything that happened to me and I'm just excited, but I'm going to let everything work itself out.
\r\n
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