Here Comes Dominic Smith

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Dominic Smith, the Mets #1 pick in the 2013 June Amateur draft, and #3 on the teams Top Prospect list, has started to shake off his early season rust and is showing how dynamic a player he truly is.

The California native started the 2014 season with a slow start and even though he finished April strong he only batted .217 (18 for 83), which made some wonder if he was ready to make the jump from Kingsport (R) straight to Low Class A Savannah and bypass Brooklyn (A-) altogether.

But with the change in the calender Smith has turned it around, and just four games into May he is batting .333 and starting to get acclimated while playing against players that are 2-3 years older than him.

Actually, in his last 10 games, Smith is batting .367 (11-for-30) with six runs scored, five doubles, an RBI and six walks. He also has hit safely in 7 out of 10 games and has six multi-hit games in the span.

During Smith’s recent surge he has helped the Sand Gnats to an 8-3 record as they remain in first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division and lead by 3.5 games.

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  • DrDooby

    Smith seems capable of adjusting quickly and handling adversity alright.
    Obviously, an 18-year-old, competing in a league of mostly 20 to 22 year-olds and playing in one of the most unfriendly park in all of Baseball for a LHH, is in a tough spot. Coming out of such an ugly slump is a very positive indicator.
    Obviously, there´s no rush with Smith. If he has a decent season in Savannah in 2014, a solid season in 2015 in St.Lucie, maybe with a little uptick in power, he could be put on an accelarated pace in time for 2016 and hopefully debut at some point in 2017 at the age of 21 or 22.

  • Wolfmicky21

    We are going to be so good in 2018! Wild card favorites, even!

  • Lotus1209

    Flores and Duda should be holding the seat warm for Smith and Rosario/Cecchini.

  • MDonaldWilpon

    Duda should be on somebody’s AAA roster, Flores should be at second, and Jose Dariel Abreu should be mashing for the Mets. But I forgot, the Mets were happy with their embarrassment (of no riches) at first base.

  • MDonaldWilpon

    Well that’s just it isn’t it. It’s not a matter of success, it’s a matter of adjustment, and it will be interesting to see what happens to Nimmo when he goes into a funk.

  • Martin

    nah, flores is the future, murph is the seat warmer.

  • Duda is the very definition of an average ML 1B sitting at 16th in OPS for the position. Average MLers don’t belong in AAA. Murph is currently 9th in the MLs in OPS for 2B. Let’s see what Flores does a bit longer before declaring him the future based on a solid week in the PCL launching pad

  • CyYout

    Watching videos of this kid, he looks like he could be the real deal some day.

  • MDonaldWilpon

    What I mean is that Flores should be trade bait at 2nd base. No matter how average Duda is, don’t we know what we have already? It’s time to move on and it’s 3 years before Dom Smith sniffs the majors.

  • Charley’s Twin

    unfortunately flores is the replacement for the inevitable Murphy salary dump.

  • MDonaldWilpon

    Oh, I forgot that we’re the Kansas City Mets. No offense to Kansas City…

  • Charley’s Twin

    wrong. We aspire to Kansas City. Their payroll $92 mil 😉

  • Not4

    He has been in a funk the past 8 games (including today), hitting .138 over that time. The positive is that he has continued to draw walks – 9 walks over those 8 games, which is an excellent sign. The real question will be seeing how long before he is able to make the adjustment and comes out of the funk. Thinking he’ll do so pretty quickly, but time will tell

  • TPT

    yep PATIENCE *wink wink

  • Jack

    Where would you put in Murphy? I’ll keep Flores at Shortstop because Murphy has to play everyday. Or what the Mets can do is play Flores at 1B and get a 1B free agent. Mets can also trade some pitching for hitting as well. Mets need to cover one outfield spot after this season when C Young is gone traded like Marlon Byrd was (or renew his contract)

  • Flores or Murph, sure. Can make a move til we have a better idea on Eilmer though. No need to move on from Duda. League average at 1B is fine if we get offense elsewhere. Hell, with any luck league average everywhere could be good enough if the pitching pans out

  • Bail4Nails

    I hate to throw a wrinkle in the “promote Flores” debate, especially since I really want to see him get a shot. But did anyone notice the kid playing Shortstop for Seattle’s AAA team? No, not Nick Franklin!

    Gabriel Noriega. The Scouting reports say he could be a pretty good ML Shortstop Defensively. Here is Noriega’s Slashline so far in Spring: .455 .618 .455 1.073

    I hope Flores does really well playing Shortstop for the Mets. But if he doesn’t, who is this Noriega kid, and why have we never heard of him?

    EDIT: I forgot about Chris Taylor, who also plays a good Shortstop for Seattle’s AAA team. He’s batting .351 right now.
    Let’s bring Flores up, and see what he can do. If he can’t cut it by mid-June, let’s look at all these good Shortstops out there. And I don’t mean Nick Franklin or Stephen Drew.

  • The problem is he can’t get here fast enough.

  • reality check

    Flores is not now and will never be a MLB SS. He could play Second maybe or third, but not here, well unless we trade Murphy.

  • $14435385

    Heading down to see some ‘Gnats games at the end of the month…looking forward to seeing him live.

  • Waz0787

    Mets in 2020!!!!!!

  • Bail4Nails

    Thank you for pointing that out to me for the Third time this week. Now, unless you have something new to add to the discussion (like info about Noriega or Taylor maybe), can you please make like a check, and bounce? Thanks.

  • MikeyT

    Unfortunately i think you are right. I think we are going to be pretty annoyed when Gee’s and Murphy’s names start coming up in trade talks

  • Charley’s Twin

    Yup. Even though I see it coming, I will be mad when it happens.

  • JRB74

    I don’t know when he’ll be ready for the big league club, but I guarantee the Mets will bring him up two years later than the Marlins would have.

  • Taskmaster4450

    ????

    Didnt you see they just jumped him a level? He is playing against kids 2-3 years older than him.

    Of course, you are one that every other organization is doing it better than the Mets.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Yeah so let’s try to rush him like Pelfrey and some others in Met history.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Based upon what?

  • Taskmaster4450

    How many games has Duda played at 1B for the Mets in his major league career?

    So you dont know what you have already.

  • Taskmaster4450

    You realize they are 4 levels (at least) away from the Majors.

    A lot can happen.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Well if the Mets drafted a kid like this in 2009, then you might have something to work with at the major league level.

    Sadly, they didnt.

  • JRB74

    Yes, I saw that he jumped a level in the minors, but that doesn’t change my statement one iota. The Marlins bring their top talent up much earlier than the Mets and many of them produce right away. Of course, they are much better judges of talent than the Mets, as are many other teams. The Marlins don’t delay their call up decisions to retain rights to players for as long as possible. If they can’t afford someone down the road, they trade them for new talent. The Mets hoard players in the minors for as long as possible for business reasons. If the Mets are going to operate like a small market team, they can learn a lot from the Marlins. So, the answer to your second sentence is YES.

  • Peter S

    The marlins rush their players because they don’t give out long term, “2nd gen” contracts. So they go for it all and ship them off once they near their expensive, prime years.

  • DejaVu

    The Mets shall lead the league this season in 26 year old rookies

  • DejaVu

    Let’s reserve judgement until we see what we can get back. If Gee keeps pitching well the return on him could be substantial.

  • DejaVu

    Long shall the draft of 2008 be remembered. Ike Davis, Brad Holt and Reese Havens. #neverforget

  • reality check

    well stop bring up Flores at SS and I’ll stop telling you he isn’t a MLN SS

  • muskytoes

    27 is the new 26. Soup just turned 27 last month and Dykstra’s turning 27 in a couple weeks. Another 27 yo, Miguel Socolovich could help the Mets pen right now.

  • Taskmaster4450

    So you think that the Mets should sell off their young talent after a few years before they start making being money like the Marlins do? Is that what you are saying?

  • muskytoes

    Taylor’s the Mariner’s 2013 ML POY and ticketed for SS in Seattle (as their latest, greatest hot shot SS prospect). But he might be the real deal. Not a heralded draft pick, he’s a plus glove college kid who’s hit at every level up the ladder so far, plus he can steal a base.

    Noriega’s another plus glove, but he’s been mostly punch and judy with a strong emphasis on the judy. I think Tovar’s a much better prospect than him. Once Flores does get his eventual call up, Tovar needs to finally go to Vegas, feast on PCL pitching and get himself on more people’s radars. He’s proven himself in Binghamton, and Matt Reynolds might finally be figuring it out too. Before we know it, we might have some near term in-house viable SS depth instead of praying/preying on everyone who plays SS in the Seattle/Arizona organizations.

  • muskytoes

    Good to see Dom Smith heating up. The numbers seemed to indicate he was being overwhelmed by the jump up, but a couple things bode well: 1) he wasn’t striking out much, and 2) his babip was pretty low. Figured as long as he was making consistent contact that things would start to turn his way.

  • Jeff Wilpon as quoted in the NJ Star Ledger on 10/29/13 on Abreu:

    “We have five first basemen that could play and that didn’t really seem
    like the point of need,” Wilpoin said. “If he played left or right
    field, I think, yeah we probably would’ve offered the guy a contract.”

  • JRB74

    If they’re going to operate the business model that they do now, yes–because like the Marlins, they’ll trade them away before the big money contracts come into play anyway. So, bring them up when they’re ready and when they can really help the big league club compete instead of worrying about controlling them for another year down the road.

  • JRB74

    Agree, but don’t the Mets hold their best players back from call-up for a similar reason–i.e. so that they can control them longer and avoid having to pay those 2nd gen contracts? The Marlins and Mets in my view have the same “big contract avoidance” issues and, unless things change, they’ll both ship their best talent out before the big bucks are due. They just have different approaches to how they handle their best talent, and I like the Marlin’s approach better–let the young talent play and help the big league club instead of stocking your team with retreads and refusing to bring guys up when really needed.

  • pumaz

    yeah, because the marlins are really piling up the playoff wins?? im confused.

  • muskytoes

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Doesn’t seem that long ago that Father Fred was saying the Mets had enough catchers (Todd Hundley on the DL after reconstructive elbow surgery, Alberto Castillo, Rick Wilkins, Tim Spehr and Jorge Fabregas) and didn’t need Mike Piazza.

  • I don’t want to rush him at all. I was just pointing out that he can’t come fast enough. 3 years or 4. He can’t come soon enough because he will make 1B a possible strength and not a weakness.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Stuff like that makes me miss Doubleday.

  • Just_Da_damaja

    IMO we should be trading Wright, keeping Murph at 3B and moving Flores to 2B…

  • Peter S

    Te mets are going to lock up players. The marlins are going to trade them. I think that’s the difference in their plans. And since the marlins are trading them, they want to abuse their younger years and sap very thing out of their players.

  • omar minayass

    yep….not sure why anyone would be opposed to flipping gee. his value is at his highest right now, but don’t hold your breath on sandy making any type of move to beef up our offense.

  • omar minayass

    remember when the wilpons pocketed $3 mil+ when they traded ike away? i wonder if they put all that capital back into their marketing letter to fans.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    DOMINIC SMITH > KEITH HERNANDEZ
    DOMINIC SMITH > DON MATTINGLY
    DOMINIC SMITH > LOU GEHRIG

  • oltl

    Sad thing is, every other organization IS doing it better.

  • oltl

    After all these years, with injuries, lack of development, etc. do you think it could be the pitching coach? Sleepy old guy sitting next to TC? Even after “Chinaman” reference he is still a met coach? Really? His credentials are what? Anybody care to defend this clown?

  • calamityfrancis

    Serious question: were the 4 starts Jose Fernandez made last April worth losing a whole season of him a few years from now?

  • Metfan9876

    You sound like a Yankees fan. Go root for them, please.