Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com recently named Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith the second-best first baseman in the minor leagues.
Smith was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
“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.
In 2013, he began slowly, hitting .182/.270/.291 in his first 16 games. However, he hit .399/.437/.464 with nine extra-base hits and 17 walks in his next 135 plate appearances.
Toby Hyde, Contributor
He is without a doubt one of the team’s top position player prospects. Despite the fact that Smith was one of the youngest hitters in the draft, the Mets assigned him to Savannah this year, treating him more aggressively than their previous two first round picks from high school: Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini.
Smith, who will not turn 19 until June 15, spent most of his winter working out in Michigan and St. Lucie to prepare for his full-season debut in 2014. Scouts use words like “pretty,” “smooth,” and “sweet,” to describe his left-handed swing. Gnats manager Luis Rojas has praised Smith’s maturity.
Smith will be playing his home games in Historic Grayson Stadium, which is extremely hostile to left-handed power, so his maturity will be tested on nearly daily basis.
Here is a recent SNY.TV Prospect File on Smith, featuring video of him in action during Spring Training: