Mar 5, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (74) bats during a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (74) bats during a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

2. 1B Dominic Smith

Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Now this is where things get really exciting for Mets fans. Smith should be ready at the start of the 2018 season, right in time for Duda’s contract to be up.

The 21-year-old lefty stands at 6-foot, 250 pounds, and has built considerable strength the last few seasons, with the benefits beginning to show. Smith hit .302 last season at Double-A, while gatherng 29 doubles and 14 homers with 91 RBIs.

Profiling as a three-to-five hole hitter in the majors, Smith should be a mainstay in the Mets lineup for years to come. He has a solid glove at first base as well, possessing good scooping ability and nimble feet for a rather large player.

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