Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has named Mets’ first base prospect Dominic Smith the second-best first baseman in the minor leagues.
Smith was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2013 draft, and has played just 51 pro games, but has hit .301 with a .398 OBP, with a .837 OPS so far.
“He looks like the total package at first base, combining solid athleticism and defense with a sweet left-handed swing,” Mayo said of the 18 year old.
Smith could skip Brooklyn and start his first, full season in Low-A Savannah, the team recently said in an online chat about the farm system.
Michael Baron, ContributorFor someone who has played in just 51 games in his professional career, Mayo’s grade of Smith is very impressive. Those I’ve talked to about Smith have been particularly impressed with his pitch recognition and knowledge of the strike zone, as it’s something not often found in players who are as young as Smith. He didn’t hit for much power in his first professional season, but, as Mayo said, he has the potential to be a complete hitter with an above average glove at first base.
He needs more time, but Smith appears to be on-track for a promising career in the big leagues.