Dominic Smith (BeGreen90)

Dominic Smith named No. 2 first base prospect

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, Contributor

For 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.




88 comments
barcamets
barcamets

Though Dom Smith is impressive, and Mayo's opinion is appreciated, it's too early to be getting excited. I'd wait till he gets to at least AA before I have any kind of real excitement. But I do understand this is one of those organizational tricks to keep the fans on the edge of their chairs, loyal and most importantly entertained. Because in the end of the day that's what it is, entertainment.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Obviously ranking prospects should be taken with a grain of salt, but this is still really encouraging to read about.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Why are we wasting our time commenting here?  This format sucks. 

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

Ok folks time to give credit here.. Sandy has the #1 catcher #9 catcher #2 1b and pitcher plus some interesting other parts in spare 1b , 3/4/5 starters, Nimmo, future closer hopefully in leathersich.. Maybe they do not all turn out but we now have assets and some future. This does not include Harvey, Wheeler etc

This is what I asked for after 2009, and he has done it. Now the next two to three years he needs to get lucky and find a big bat in a trade like Piazza was..

L.a. Henry
L.a. Henry

I think Smith is the real deal. He has impressed me with his approach as a rookie. Power will come with time.2 to 3 years and he could be a star.

BS
BS

Keep in mind, there just aren't many "elite" 1B prospects.  Its often a "last resort" position where you've proven you can't play anywhere else.  There are likely some listed OF, 3B, C, etc prospects that will eventually become 1B.  For example, as Marc Normandin points out on twitter, Travis Shaw, listed as the 8th best 1B prospect in the game, ranked as the Red Sox 42nd (!!!) best prospect overall.

Olerud42
Olerud42

Bring him up!!  Just kidding, just kidding

drmetfan
drmetfan

See you in 2 years Dominic.

Darren Delgado
Darren Delgado

@barcamets It's an "organizational trick" that Jonathan Mayo who is unaffiliated with the Mets in any way thinks Dominic Smith is a very good 1B prospect?

Wha?

elsid1986
elsid1986

@John G Oleon

You mean you are willing to wait 2-3 more years to win?   LOL  Great Attitude...Sandy has trained you well.   

muskytoes
muskytoes

@BS  Seems they could've listed the top 10 in any order. Just look at #1 Singleton. He's the top 1B prospect in the game, and the Astros were still heavily interested in Abreu. A drug suspension last year + bombing in the PCL will tarnish you a bit, but he's still #1 in a weak pool. 


However, Dom Smith does stand out in his fielding ratings. From all accounts, he's a legit defensive force, while everyone else could be in that "can't play anywhere else" group. Hopefully, the Mets do make the right call and send him straight to Savannah. 

elsid1986
elsid1986

@drmetfan 2 years?  Are you kidding....This is Sandy Alderson running the show.....He could hit like Mikey Mantle and Sandy will keep him on the farm for 4 years.  

barcamets
barcamets

@delgado I Didn't necessarily say Mayo is part of the organization. But organizations generally does this kind of stuff. They over value prospects. Writers like Mayo and etc write things the organizations think and want written. Hopefully this took off some of your confusion.

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

To make a run yes Id wait .. I unfortunately am not a yankees fan that expects to win every year. And from here on out they won't

nolrog
nolrog

@John G Oleon I would be happy if it was only 2-3 more years to win.  That would mean things start turning around soon. 

sylow59
sylow59

 @John G Oleon

Good point!  Let's blow it all up.  We don't want to become mindless zombies like Cardinal fans.  Mozeliak has turned Cardinal fans into sheep.  Much better to throw money at old guys on the downturn. 

sylow59
sylow59

@Andrew Vazzano @drmetfan

You do realize that this comment section makes it nearly impossible to follow a discusion that has more than a few responses; and know who you're talking to.

metstastic
metstastic

So Mayo never says anything negative?

elsid1986
elsid1986

@John G Oleon The complain I have is the guy running the show has a grand total of 5 winnings seasons in his entire career. 

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

The mets have blown it up and now we need to wait. The Cardinals were not bankrupt first of all and they had, Pujols, wainwright, Encarnacion, Rolen, Carpenter, Pinerio, Izzy ...we had Bay, Santana lol

The only big complaint i have is reyes should have traded him like RADickey

Darren Delgado
Darren Delgado

@elsid1986 @nolrog @John G Oleon 

But it's not like they were going in the right direction for all those 5 years;  two of those years (2009 and 2010) the Mets spent digging the ditch deeper.  So the turnaround didn't really get to start till 2011.  And that was a pretty deep ditch.

elsid1986
elsid1986

@nolrog @John G Oleon Its already been 3.   But hey when you have had 5 losing seasons in a row, Whats a few more, to insure we have a shot at the playoff in 2022.

metstastic
metstastic

He was tasked with turning the ship around... before things get better they have to get worse.

lindro88
lindro88

Trying to win doesn't mean over paying mid level players. Drew adds how many wins? 1 maybe.

lindro88
lindro88

You thought the Mets should have spent 50m dollars on Peralta? The reason the Cards can overpay now and then, is the bulk of that team are homegrown players still being paid very little.

lindro88
lindro88

How do you think they built that team? Stringing together good drafts. It takes time. They also don't rush prospects to the big leagues. Guys like Craig and Carpenter didn't start producing until they'd reached there mid 20's. As a fan of this team for 30 years I'm much happier waiting another couple of years if it means finally having a team that can compete for more then a year or two.

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

And he did not inherit a team near bankruptcy , keep that in mind .

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

They have blown it up and I would love to the Cardinals

sylow59
sylow59

 @sylow59 @John G Oleon

No, I want a team that will be a winner for a good run, not one year here and there.  I guess you'd rather had one 87 win season and complain for years until the next 87 win season.  I will wait for a run of 5-7 90-95 win seasons.  It's not that far off.

bigdirty
bigdirty

 @sylow59 @John G Oleon would peralta be the difference in this team making the playoffs this year?


I hate this many losing seasons in a row but I am willign to have a couple more if it would allow for this team to go on a decade long run of being a playoff/championship contender. 

if even 25% of the talent reaches its high potential, the Mets will be able to compete every year for a long time. Thats what this rebuild period is about. 


one winning year and we all forget the down period from 2009- till now. 

sylow59
sylow59

 @sylow59 @Victor Triguero @John G Oleon

That's a crock.  When Mozeliak took over the Cards they had one top 100 prospect - Colby.  They started retooling in 2007.  The team you see is the result of that retooling.

elsid1986
elsid1986

@sylow59 @John G Oleon No you don't hate everything Mets, you are just content with losing based on promises of things that may never come.   God Bless You.  I prefer to watch a winner.

elsid1986
elsid1986

@sylow59 @Victor Triguero @John G Oleon Even without Pujols it would not have takes the Cardinals as long as Spindy needs.   By the way, can you guess which current GM has the all time record for most consecutive losing seasons as a GM?   Give you a hint.  His initials are SA. 

elsid1986
elsid1986

@sylow59 @John G Oleon Never said you weren't a good Mets fan.  But this nonsense that we should't try to win now because we have players x, y and z coming in 2016 is assinine.  

sylow59
sylow59

@Victor Triguero @sylow59 @John G Oleon you missed the point.  Big time, missed the point.  Mozeliak completely threw out the old paradigm when he took over, just like SA.  The difference is that the Mozeliak was left with Pujols and a few other pieces that made them competative.  Without Pujols the Cardsw would have been as bad as the Mets.  It takes time to completely revamp an organization.  SA is on track.  So grow up.

sylow59
sylow59

 @sylow59 @John G Oleon actually we don't need Perralta this year as it would have been a waste.  Two years it is a different story/  I don't hate everything about the Mets and complain about stupid things 24/7.  As such I guess I'm not as good of a Met fan as you.

elsid1986
elsid1986

@sylow59 @John G Oleon The Cardinals do whatever it takes to win every year.  Including spend 50 million on a short stop.   They dont keep talking about next year or the year after or the year after.  All we have heard from this organization since Spindy was hired was wait for 2014.  Well 2014 is here.  Now you want to wait another 2-3 years?  

And by the way....Alderson can't wipe Mozeliak's @$$.  

Darren Delgado
Darren Delgado

@nolrog @sylow59 At Metsblog, not being to read the idiotic comments from self-hating schizoid neurotic Mets fans is actually a plus.  They should go one step further and translate all the comments into Aramaic so no one can read them.

nolrog
nolrog

@sylow59 Ha ha ha.  Yeah, that did become a bit redundant after the first 200 or so of them.

nolrog
nolrog

@sylow59 I don't care for the new comment section either.  I wonder if that has resulted in a decrease in traffic.