Dominic Smith, after working out all offseason, lost 30 pounds. Yesterday, he expressed his belief in one specific facet of his game potentially improving as a result as detailed by Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Here’s what Smith had to say:
“I know I have more power than I had last year. I worked on my swing, too, so I actually improved my mechanics and that is going to help me elevate the ball easier.”
Throughout his minor league career, many wondered whether he would hit for enough power, as first base is usually a position that is highlighted by that skill-set offensively.
The 22-year old struggled at the plate in his 183 big league plate appearances with a .198/.262/.395 slash line while striking out 26.8% of the time and only walking 7.7%. Though he did slug six doubles, nine home runs and post a career-high .198 ISO.
Smith went further and explained exactly why he believes that he has the ability to improve his power stroke:
“I have more whip through the zone instead of being slow through the zone. I think that will help me catch up to higher velocity and help me control my body so when I get out there on my front foot I can stay back and not get out there too early.”
Smith will be competing in Spring Training with the newly-acquired Adrian Gonzalez. Nonetheless, Smith could make it tough on the Mets to send him to the minors, but is still the future first baseman of this team regardless of whether he starts 2018 in the majors.