New York Mets' Dominic Smith could present future problems for Alderson, staff
Mar 5, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (74) hits a single off of the right field wall during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets prospect Dominic Smith just doesn’t project to be an everyday first baseman at the game’s highest level.

If Dominic Smith played anywhere else on the diamond, he’d be the New York Mets‘ top hitting prospect.

Smith, 21, has an affinity for taking balls the opposite way thanks to his patience at the plate and is a surprisingly strong defender. Most importantly, he’s reportedly made strides with his work ethic and lackadaisical attitude.

That being said, there’s just too much downside risk. His approach is “too geared toward the opposite field to tap into any real power,” writes Amazin Avenue. There are also concerns about his ability to handle premium velocity and his sometimes plodding footwork around the bag.

Make no mistake, Smith had an excellent statistical season. He led the Binghamton Mets in home runs and posted an impressive slash line of .302/.367/.457 in the process.

However, he just doesn’t project to be an everyday first baseman at the game’s highest level. His power surge was limited to a three-week span in late-June and early-July. Sure, he’ll probably rake in Las Vegas and convince management to give him a shot in the big leagues.

And, there’s a good chance that he’ll emerge as a solid hitter. But that doesn’t mean that he’ll give the Mets what they’re looking for out of their first baseman. He reminds many of James Loney (in fact, the scouting reports are strikingly similar), which isn’t a good thing (i.e. he’s slow, which means that many ground balls will turn into outs).

The Mets will have a tough decision to make next offseason. Lucas Duda will become a free agent, and unless there’s a trade, the Amazin’s won’t have anyone else locked up.

Smith is going to have to convince management that he can shore up the position, or there’ll be a huge void.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I want to be kind… Get thee to a writing clinic. Your analysis is bereft of any statistical support and, in some instances, contradicted by DS’s actual production. Its a hard read.

  2. I agree with Tommy. Look, we are a Mets community that has a ton of bloggers. If you want to stand out take the time to back up your claims and put some honest effort in. If that piece took you more than 5-10 minutes to compose I’d be shocked. We want you to do better, so take this as honest feedback and not criticism.

  3. Hated this article. Dominic Smith is a stud in waiting. While he won’t be a 40 HR guy in the bigs, most scouting reports have projected him to be. .300+, 20-25 HR player with Gold glove defense. Sounds a lot like prime John Olerud to me.

  4. Did you miss the twitter post 2 weeks ago of him with his trainer, he’s dropped 20-25 lb.s and has been working out at the Met’s complex all winter. He looks more like a linebacker than a lineman. He looks like a beast with a bat. I consider him the breakout prospect this year and in NY. when Duda hits the DL for a sore back and stays to be a “Rookie Of The Year” contender.