Dominic Smith Ranked No. 2 Best First Base Prospect

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Dominic Smith was ranked as the number two best first base prospect by MLB Pipeline today.

Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Smith was perhaps the best pure prep hitter in the 2013 Draft class, and the Mets grabbed him with the 11th overall pick. He looks like the total package at first base, combining solid athleticism and defense with a sweet left-handed swing.

Smith has the potential to hit for both average and power. His hand-eye coordination and advanced pitch recognition skills allow him to get on base often, while still driving balls.

Smith is a below-average runner, limiting him to first base. He has all the skills necessary to develop above-average defense at the position. Even if his defense does develop as expected, there will always be pressure on Smith’s bat. Scouts are confident he will provide enough offense to make him a solid Major Leaguer in time.

Smith was the Mets first round pick in 2013 (No. 11 overall) and batted .301/.398/ .439 in his first 51 games as a pro.

Yesterday, the Mets minor league executives even suggested that they may have Smith skip Low-A Brooklyn and start his first, full season in Single-A Savannah.

Good stuff…

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  • CJM

    Can’t complain.

  • tacknaf

    very excited to follow this guy this year.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Smith starting in Savannah is the smartest thing they’ve ever done for a prospect. Now if only they’d stop babying these other prospects who looks like big fishes in small ponds in their respective levels. I don’t wanna see another Matz/Plawecki/Puello-esque situation this year.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Nice to hear. Maybe Sandy will finally have a signature draft pick to hang his hat on.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    I like the kid, would’ve rather have peterson but Maniac comvinced me to like him. i don’t much about prospects, i have a sense if they’re gonna be a bust or not when they start playing. guys like Nimmo and Cecchinni bring nothing to the table so that is why my prediction of them is so harsh, but i like smith, i think he’ll be a solid player for us around, idk, maybe 2017?

  • Captain America

    Gotta love Dom

  • Mike Lloyd

    I still don’t like Cecchini or Nimmo. The scouts seem to love Nimmo though…I like Smith as well Alex. My favourite pick from this regime: Kevin Plawlecki.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Hoping for a quick, but steady, rise through the system. Can’t wait
    To see him in the majors for us.

  • Wolfmicky21

    2018 baby!

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Mine is Gavin Cech hahahahahahaha, couldn’t say that with a straight face…. Lol.. i like Fulmer and Smith…

  • Jamie

    Why is everyone against Cechinni? My god he held his own last year and hasn’t played a full season yet. He was projected as a unanimous 1st rounder on every board in baseball before he was drafted but everyone acts like Sandy took a shit player because he didn’t have ridiculous tools? You can’t have all boom or bust tool guys. It was a nice move he went that way after the very raw Nimmo. I’m excited to have both Smith and Cechinni in Savannah together and I think they’ll both move quick.

  • Benny

    Loved the pick!

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Now starting, for your 2017 New York Mets 22 year old Amed Rosario, follow by and at 1B, Dominic Smith
    Gimme Gimme!

  • Peter S

    Too bad he can’t play LF

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Well we have Nimmo for that…..

  • Mike Lloyd

    Love Fulmer too. I believe his injury was an anomaly.. Cecchini or Zucchini I like Zucchini way more. Lol

  • Lotus1209

    Do my eyes deceive me? Is Alex praising both Sandy acquisitions? My God.

  • Lotus1209

    Team of the future.

    C d’Arnaud/Plawecki
    1b Dom Smith
    2b Dilson Herrera
    SS Amed Rosario
    3b Wright
    LF Nimmo
    CF Lagares
    RF Puello
    SP Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Matz, Montero/Mejia

    Lineup?

    Puello
    Rosario
    Wright
    Smith
    d’Arnaud
    Nimmo
    Herrera
    Lagares

    lol this is fun.

  • Mike Lloyd

    Teddy. I get drunk on wine…Lol…However, I know you know..but you need to do a story on Rosario…I need some more besides upside..I’m sure the Mets wouldn’t have thrown as much money at him as they did, if they didn’t think he had the tools. Where do you see him projection/comparison wise?(I know comparisons are tough, and unfair to the player, but just to get an idea, floor vs.ceiling ?

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Lotus, know what the problem is, people think that if you criticize alderson the GM, you hate everything he does. i have given him credit for Capuano, Hairston and Byrd. problem is, that’s all he’s done in 3 years so i have more negative to say about him than positives wouldn’t you agree? But since i am more vocal about it people don’t like the fact i put him on blast.
    Sandy lovers and sabermetrics get on my case about it… again, this was supposed to be the year right? LEt’s see what happens around august 2014 when the mets are 18 games out of contention to see what the SL and SG will say then… always an excuse pop up!

  • Lotus1209

    Projection wise? He’s Hanley Ramirez with solid defense.

    Floor? He flames out and never makes the majors.

    He’s about as much of a lottery ticket as you can be.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Lmao, Zitti is better no?

  • Mike Lloyd

    Thanks for your input. Sorry, I trust Teddy’s insights. I understand what you are saying Lotus, but it’s not superstar/star /bust. We can say those type of things about every prospect, I asked Teddy because he loves him…

  • mad met

    Like

  • Peter S

    Are you becoming a believer now;)

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    How’s wright who’ll be like 36 part of the team of the future? Just wondering.. if his production is not that great at 30 imagine at 34-35-36-37…

  • MetsWatchman

    It seems like just yesterday that I was saying “2014 baby”

  • mad met

    Wow rough alex ..

  • mad met

    Wow not one free agent in there everyones gonna be a superstar .. please please can we right down all there projected stats . I wanna see this championship team

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Yesterday, the Mets minor league executives even suggested that they may have Smith skip Low-A Brooklyn and start his first, full season in Single-A Savannah.

    This would be the RIGHT MOVE! But I HIGHLY DOUBT it with these guys in charge regardless of what they might hit at…Theyll stick Oberste at 1B in Savannah

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    50Arm(Average)???

    MLB.com is shortchanging him big time….The kid throws the ball 92mph he has an above average arm…He plays 1B so it doesnt matter much..

    I wish theyd give Dom reps in RF a position he has played in HS just in case…

    Versatility is KEY!

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Lol….Yeah WORST case scenario its Frenzel…Since chances are Boyd is in Bingo…

    Unless they hold Aderlin Rodriguez back in St. Lucie

  • Jeff Roland

    plawecki played the whole year as a 22 year old, starting in savannah, where the average age is 22.3, and then finished a level higher in st lucie. nothing wrong with that.

    matz started the year as a 21 year old in savannah, where the average age is 22.3. and that after missing 2 years with arm trouble.
    CERTAINLY nothing wrong with that

    puello played the whole year as a 22 year old in AA, YOUNG for the league. nothing wrong with that.

    so whats the problem, or whats your point?

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    STUD!!!

    This kid has the same batting stance and swing as Robinson Cano

    Video(side by side swing w/Cano):
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200182804065722

    If youre going to pattern your swing after someone who better than Cano

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Lmao, Sorry mad met.. i love the future tag to it, but i would much rather have a young 3B in there than a 36 year old Wright… wouldn’t THIS seem better equipped for team of the future:

    C d’Arnaud/Plawecki
    1b Dom Smith
    2b Dilson Herrera
    SS Amed Rosario
    3b Flores
    LF Nimmo
    CF Lagares
    RF Puello

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Got to have a lefty though…. gotta go get one… by then, we’ll maybe have TWO aces Harvey and Montero and TWO #2’s in Wheeler and Thor…. gotta get that leftie

  • Taskmaster4450

    Matz?

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Lmao, too bad you couldn’t sense my sarcasm right through your comp screen….
    He’s a bust… imho!

  • BCleveland3381

    I wouldn’t mind giving him a chance at other positions, but if its clear he’s a GG 1B or average somewhere else, just leave him at 1B. This organization has a problem with playing guys out of position.

  • BCleveland3381

    Not sure how you can call him a bust. He came in here as a project. His defense was better than expected last year, most are projecting he should be able to handle CF in the majors as long as he doesn’t fill out too much. His OBP is really good, and he’s shown improvement offensively each of his first three years in the system. He was not a guy that was meant to be drafted and in the majors in 3-4 years. Everyone knew he was a long term project and he seems to be improving adequately each season.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    He wouldnt be out of position…

    Dom played both 1B & RF in high school, very well.

    The Cardinals have done this with a ton of their prospects

    ie.

    -Albert Pujols was blocked by McGwire(at 1B), Polanco(at 3B) Drew & Lankford(OF)…so he played every corner position his rookie year(1B,3B,LF and RF)

    -Allen Craig was blocked by Pujols, Freese so they played him at 2B and the RF/LF

    -Matt Carpenter blocked by Freese so he played 2B.

    And that versatility helped these players get in the lineup when they were blocked. BUT eventually they took over their original positions.

    Case and point see Wilmer Flores…Kid has all the talent in the world but they cant find him a spot…they waited til late last year to give him reps at 1B. Now everyone is wondering should we groom him at 1B

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    i think he was still at 3B but at this point…They arent fooling anyone….Ad-Rod is a 1st baseman, and noone will look at him any different than that.

    As far as value goes his is at its lowest. I think they do what they did with Wilmer and just move him off of the position so he can focus full time on his offense. He cant handle 3B…I think the move will be a plus for him…he stock has belly flopped they need to jolt it somehow

  • jason bay

    That’s the team being built but it’s being done so with depth, competition and other options where prospects don’t develop.

    The system needs more attention at RF and 3B and more attention paid to the Junior colleges.

  • BCleveland3381

    Its never a good idea to compare anything the Mets do with the Cardinals. They do it properly. The Mets don’t. When I think of guys playing different positions, I don’t think of those examples, I think of Daniel Murphy at 2B, and Todd Hundley and Lucas Duda in the OF.

  • BCleveland3381

    Fans want the second coming of Jose Reyes. He was a once in a lifetime SS for this organization.

  • john q

    Holy Crap, Smith is already the #2 1b prospect in baseball??? He’s not even 19 years old?? I can’t wait until he gets to the big leagues because I have a feeling this kid is going to be a star. If the Mets were smart they would have Keith Hernandez work with him.

  • Destry

    Once in a lifetime SS? How about Cal Ripken Jr., Ozzie Smith, Derek Jeter? Once in a lifetime? Gimme a break.

  • chavez06

    Fun indeed. If this projection were to remotely materialize, that means we could potentially trade guys like Gee, Murphy, Flores, Niese, MOntero in the next couple of years… would love to see us continue to restock the farm system with high upside players in return. Need to build more depth at LHP and OF.

  • This kid could be the best bat in the system by July, certainly by 2015. Very excited to see him hind envelop these next few years.

  • Peter

    Will the gentleman on this site who said this was a horrible pick by the Mets fdny office please stand up. Not that is a star at this point, but the number 2 prospect ranking is a nice start to hopefully a great career and something the haters did not think would happen given tgeir posts!!!!

  • R04

    Another idiot post. Congrats?

  • Julian

    I would say that the only change would be at second with Flores and MAYBE in right field with a left-handed 2014 first-round draft pick.

    I would also have Nimmo leading off in this scenario and Puello sixth in the lineup.

    This team of 2016-2018 is going to be stacked

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Congrats?
    Awww man, thanks for reading and commenting

  • BCleveland3381

    FOR THIS ORGANIZATION. How many Cal Ripkens have the Orioles had? How many Ozzie Smith’s have the Cards had? How many Jeter’s have the Yanks had in their past?

  • Mike Lloyd

    Thanks Teddy.

  • Mike Lloyd

    Lmao

  • Jane

    Did you read the entire sentence? …for this franchise! And yes he was!

  • agetting

    let’s not get too carried away yet

  • Destry

    Yeah. I did. Use a comma next time.

  • Destry

    I’m racist now? Dude, Reyes is one of the most overrated players in baseball history. 1000 hits will take Reyes roughly 10 years at the rate he is missing games at this point. Don’t forget that he is now past him prime, especially for a speed guy, so its gonna be really tough for him to leg out those infield hits. If he does manage to leg out a few extra slow rollers, then he will no doubt spend the next 50 or so games recovering from a pulled hammy. Watch his numbers cut in half each year from here on out. He will be lucky to play another game after his albatross contract expires.

  • Destry

    Like who?

  • elsid1986

    History tells us more than 50% of those guys won’t make it

  • elsid1986

    Come on don’t you know, all home grown teams win every year. Just ask the Royals

  • elsid1986

    But where is Cecchini? I mean isn’t he supposed to be a stud?

  • elsid1986

    I see 50% of those yet to make the majors as never making it.

  • elsid1986

    Yea he’ll be here by the time Wright retires

  • elsid1986

    He was a unanimous first rounder in the worst draft in 30 years. And by the way most had him go 20-30,Sandy took him at 12

  • elsid1986

    The target always changes on Sandy.

  • KennyandtheMets

    I’m not sure what you mean.

  • DrDooby

    Smith certainly has a ton of upside.
    Of course, realistically, he won´t be a factor until at least mid 2016 or early 2017 even if all goes well and he progresses quickly. So, while he will hopefully be part of the long term solution and hopefully help the Mets sustain a winning run over the long haul, he certainly won´t be a factor for the 2014 & 2015 and probably 2016 Mets as well – except for possibly turning into a nice trade chip…
    But hopefully he is kept around long term and eventually replaces Wright as the next home grown star, right around the time when Wright might start to enter a decline phase.

  • DrDooby

    Those would be the normal odds.
    But if 3 of Harvey, Wheeler, Mejia, Syndergaard and Montero turn into legit frontline SP the Mets will have a major team strength going forward. And if they are backed up by solid depth pieces like Niese, Gee and eventually DeGrom, they could be special. You can mix in a solid veteran like Colon into the group on a year to year basis and still have a rather inexpensive top notch rotation.
    And in a couple of years, more arms like Matz, Ynoa, Fulmer, Mateo, Flexen, Whalen and others will be knocking on the door too. Odds are that only 2 of these 6 amount to much. But that should happen while the 3 of the 5 still remain under Mets control for a couple of more years.

  • Destry

    Ike Davis played RF in college and for team USA. It doesn’t mean he’s an OF, and neither is Dom Smith.

  • Destry

    not at 4/82 for his decline years they wouldn’t. In fact, there was only one team in all of baseball willing to go as high as 6/100, and that was when he was in his prime, and they knew they were moving him before the horrible part of the contract kicked in. Spin that one, Teddy.

  • mad met

    Yeah !!!!! 🙂 the fact that reyes is not on this team huants my dreams .

  • mad met

    Drugs are not good for you ..

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    What the hell does “average age” have to do with dominating your level for months? It was obvious that the FO are taking the turtle approach to these guys and are not challenging these guys. Puello was only in AA because they wanted him to be in the playoffs for their team for “experience” purposes, which ended up being irrelevant due to his suspension. Plawecki? If you followed him closely through last season, it was clear to anyone he had no business in A-ball.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    White Sox rushed Hawkins because their farm system and approach is GARBAGE. Where was the OF depth? Non-existant. Again, when you dominate for MONTHS, how are you “rushing” them?

  • Metfan9876

    Ehh. Syndergaard will probably be better than Montero.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Like Wheeler was gonna be better than Harvey right? You’re basing this on what exactly? which of the two have DOMINATED every level of competition they’ve been? or you’re going by what exactly? Stuff? Nobody had better “stuff” than Darren Dreifort back in 1993 or Todd Van Poppel, go and check their careers how they turned out to be… smh…

  • Metfan9876

    I’m going off of a mix of things, such as stuff, size, velocity, age, ect. And Syndergaard absolutely dominated AA at just 20 years old. And if it weren’t for his last start that he made on like 11 days rest, his dominance would have been very easy to see by the numbers ( For example, he had a sub 2.00 ERA before the last start on a ridiculous amount of rest just so he could pitch further into the season ).

  • Destry

    He was just coming off an NL batting title and in his late 20’s, so yeah, in his prime.

  • Destry

    Great counterpoint. Actually depending on what drug and/or why you are using it, drugs can certainly be good for you.

  • Destry

    Is Drew injury prone?

    Year-Games Played
    2006-59
    2007-150
    2008-152
    2009-135
    2010-151
    2011-86
    2012-79
    2013-124

    If you take out 2011-2012 during which he was recovering from surgery, Drew has averaged 142 games per season throughout his career, and
    looks to be fully recovered after his stellar 2013 campaign. If someone ask me the question “Is Stephen Drew injury prone?” my answer would have to be, NO. He just had one really bad injury.

    Lets look at Drew’s 162 and then converted 142 game average
    162 Game Average
    Avg/ OBP/ SLG% H R 2B 3B HR RBI SB OPS
    264/.329/.435 160 82 36 10 16 72 7 .764

    142 Game Average
    Avg/ OBP/ SLG% H R 2B 3B HR RBI SB OPS
    .264/.329/.435 140 72 31 9 14 63 6 .764

    Those are great numbers for a SS. Especially one that is so good defensively. Keep in mind that these numbers include his 2012 season in which he was returning from a year away from baseball. The numbers above should translate very well
    to Citi Field with that in mind.

  • Destry

    Blue Jays finished last place with Reyes, weird. Wait, Marlins finished last the year before. Hang on, we finished last 2 years ago? coincidence? 3 straight terrible seasons for 3 different teams? How could a once in a lifetime player like Reyes allow this to happen?

  • jcutiger

    Yes, let’s not. Not like he wasn’t almost a top 10 draft pick. Shouldn’t have many expectation for such a pick.

  • Ranger1994

    Reyes is a pimp.

  • Ranger1994

    Ditto. Players like Reyes are a cancer.

  • elsid1986

    Oh I’m sorry Teddy. I forgot. Every prospect Alderson brings into the organization is going to turn into a starting major league player…..How foolish of me. Even though history clearly tells us less than 50% of players ranked as good prospects ever make it. We shouldn’t look at that because king Sandy has the Midas touch.

  • elsid1986

    Maybe Dr. Dooby. But notice your list does not contain 1 bat.

  • wilponzi

    Harvey is already a legit frontline starting pitcher

  • elsid1986

    Well unfortunately this organization has zapped all the optimism that I once had. So for me seeing is believing. I have heard too much over the years about Generation K, Alex Ochoa, Alex Escobar, Lastings Millege, and on and on. I am most probably alot older than you but this organization has a long history or hyping guys and getting the fans excited about players coming that wind up to either not make it or being nothing special.

  • DrDooby

    That’s because I was only speaking about pitchers. A wave of bats figures to arrive around 2016 – which means that the Mets will have to make do with their offense until then and hope that d’Arnaud, Lagares and Flores can be part of the solution along with Granderson and Wright. This is the area where the team needs to add talent from the outside. This generation’s Mike Piazza or Gary Carter (though probably not at C but at 1b, RF or SS).

    But those players didn’t come before the young talent helped to turn things around but AFTER the first winning season, sort of as the one big missing piece. Maybe a year from now a Tulowitzki or a Stanton or a Votto suddenly becomes available. The Mets should have the major league ready young pitching depth and farm talent to pull off such a trade for the one missing difference maker that turns the team from borderline contender to legit contender.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    He receive good grades there…He is athletic and has smooth movements

    Ike had NONE of those traits.

  • elsid1986

    A wave of bats figures to arrive? Who? The only bat worth anything is Smith. If you are counting on NImmo or Cecchini you are going to be waiting a VERY long time.

    And just out of curiosity, where is this generations Keith Hernandez? Or how About this generations John Olerud. Both of whom were acquired while the team still sucked and the young guys were starting to filter in. Who teaches all these young guys how to be major leaguer’s and winners? .

  • elsid1986

    Do you really think this team as it is now is a borderline contender? OMG you are really drinking the Sandy cool aid. This team will be lucky to sniff .500

  • Destry

    There are lot of SS that you don’t have to come up with so many excuses for. OK you love Reyes. I get it. I clearly don’t love him as much as you do. Lets just leave it at that.
    Miami is much better off right now than they would’ve been if they didn’t make that trade. Think about it for a second. I’d take Miami’s franchise over Toronto’s right now 10 out of 10 times.
    Would you rather have Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson(2013 only), Mark Buehrle, John Buck(2013 only), & Emilio Bonafacio with no money to spend this offseason
    or
    Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis, Henderson Alvarez, Jake Marisnik, Adeiny Heccavarria, Justin Nicolino, & Anthoni DeScalfini with the ability to sign any player you want, including resigning Giancarlo Stanton?

  • Destry

    People don’t know how to properly evaluate intangibles. They get fantasy baseball and real life baseball confused.

  • Destry

    I’ll give you that. Dom is more athletic, but I would rather not play guys that are below average defensively anymore unless they are way way way way way above average offensively for the position. If he can play league average D, or very slightly below that, then OK, but I would rather see him at 1B, if he continues to hit. Its crushing to me that we lost 25 one run games last season, and we put out a terrible defensive team. Duda has been telling the Mets hes not an OF for 3 years, and they still put him out there and gave opponents 22 more runs than an average defensive LF would have, while they let Ike hit .150 with below average defense at 1B. I’m tired of the moronic decisions. Lets get an OF that can play in the OF. Its not as complicated as it sounds.