Mar 5, 2016

Florida State Leagues 2015 Player of the Year: NY Mets #1 Pick Dominic Smith (2013-2016)

Dominic David Rene Smith was born June 19th 1995 in Los Angeles, California. The six foot left hand hitting / throwing first baseman was the 2013 New York Mets number one draft pick, the 11th pick overall.

He was signed right out of Junipero Serera High School in Gardena, California. He played in MLB's Inner City Youth Baseball program & is the one of the highest drafted players to come from the program. At the MLB draft he was greeted by former Met Darryl Strawberry.

Once he signed with the Mets his mother decided he needed to get out of the South Central area of Los Angeles, have no distractions & focus on a baseball career.

With his signing money he purchased a home in Port St. Lucie, Florida where he could be near the Mets facilities & his A ball team. He lives there with his mother, two siblings & nephew.

Smith spent 2013 between the Gulf Coast Mets & the Kingsport Mets in the Rookie League. In 2014 he was promoted to the A ball Savannah Sand Gnats batting .271.

In 2015 he was the St. Lucie Mets main first baseman, winning the Florida State Leagues Player of the Year Award. Smith improved to a .305 average, while leading the club as well as the Florida State League in RBIs (79) & doubles (33).

He was second on the team to Jeff McNeil in hits (139) runs scored (58) & games played (118).

The one thing Smith is still waiting to come is power, he did hit a career high six HRs last year but that was in 456 at bats. The team thinks since he is only 20 years old, that the power will come. He is expected to be the AA Binghamton Mets main first baseman for 2016 & possibly see some MLB action late in the season if not next year.

Smith was invited to the Mets 2016 Spring Training, he showed up with caramel colored hair in the mold of the NY Football Giants Odell Beckam Jr. In his first game he got a base hit going 1-2.

The youngster did throw up a couple of red flags, like showing up to camp over weight. He then got the start at first base in the Mets third Spring game & did not run out a blast to right field. He started out into a HR trot but ended up with  a long single. Manager Terry Collins glared at him & coach Tim Teufel had a talk with him in between innings.

Certainly a flashy type of individual who must produce if he's going to be successful. His arms are filled with tattoo's like Jesus teaching a youngster how to swing a bat.

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