Feb 4, 2017

Mets 2017 Second Highest Ranked Team Prospect: AA First Baseman Dominic Smith

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). His lack of power was a concern for the team, but the Mets hoped his power skills would still develop.

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 including Jesus teaching a youngster how to swing a bat.

He would spend 2016 at AA Binghamton where he hit .302 improving his power & run production leading the team with 14 HRs 146 hits & 91 RBIs . He hit 29 doubles in his first full season at AA ball & a total of 66 the past two seasons. In July he had his career best day hitting two HRs while driving in five runs going 4-4. Along with Amed Rosario he represented the Mets in the Futures game at San Diego going 0-4 for the U.S. squad.

Quotes: Dominic Smith “Being in the Futures Game was so surreal. You’re in a big-league stadium, a big league city, and you have 40,000 people in the stands. I just took a moment to look around and say, ‘Wow. This is why I worked so hard for this moment right here.’ I really enjoyed myself. I played on the field with some of the best minor leaguers in the world, and a bunch of those guys are taking the next step.”

He will be at Mets spring Training in 2017 & expected to be the AAA Las Vegas 51s main first baseman as well. Smith is the second ranked prospect in the Mets organization, #3 at his position by MLB Prospect Watch & #29 on ESPN's list.

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