First Rounder Dominic Smith More Advanced Than Expected

An article by posted on December 17, 2013

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The analysts over at Fangraphs compiled their 2014 Top 10 Prospects in the Mets farm system. They took a good look at each player listed and included an in-depth individual assessment of their choices.

They ranked the prospects in order:

#10 — Wilmer Flores (3B)

#9 — Gavin Cecchini (SS)

#8 — Steven Matz (P)

#7 — Jacob deGrom (P)

#6 — Kevin Plawecki (C)

#5 — Rafael Montero (P)

#4 — Amed Rosario (SS)

#3 — Dominic Smith (1B)

#2 — Travis d’Arnaud (C)

#1 — Noah Syndergaard (SP)

It was interesting to see Dominic Smith placed so far up in the order after only his first season as a professional. The young first baseman is only 18-years-old, and Fangraphs was extremely impressed with the mentality and abilities he displayed this season. Smith spent most of his time this season with the GCL Mets hitting .287/.384/.407, before being moved to Kingsport for three games. However, Fangraphs believes this is only the beginning of his rapid ascent.

The Scouting Report: Smith was even more advanced at the plate than expected. He should hit for average and power while also getting on-base at a healthy clip. His power is generated by quick bat speed and he doesn’t have to pull the ball to hit it out of the park. Like many young hitters, he has work to do against same-handed pitchers. At first base, he could develop into on of the best fielder in the game at his position thanks to his athleticism around the bag and soft hands.

The Year Ahead: Smith is advanced and mature enough to handle a jump to full-season ball in his first full pro season. He could move fairly quickly for such a young player and could reach the Majors in late 2016.

The Career Outlook: Smith has a chance to be an impact player both as a middle-of-the-order hitter and as a defensive whiz at first base.

Fangraphs also included a short briefing on the five players who just missed the list. These names included Dilson HerreraMichael FulmerDomingo TapiaBrandon Nimmo and Vic Black.

Over at MetsMinors, we have compiled our own prospect ranking. You can find our list of the top 25 prospects here.

(Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Tim Gilbert is a lifelong Mets fan who loves all things baseball. His love for the team began as a child going to ballgames with his father. He is currently a senior at Marist College studying towards his degree in journalism with a minor in writing. You can contact him by following him on Twitter @Tim_Gilb

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