When you first think of the New York Mets, you think of their arsenal of starting pitching. And while that is true, some might overlook the hitting prospects such as 2013 1st-round pick Dominic Smith.
He’s currently having the best season of his professional career. He’s hitting .310 with 5 home runs, 73 RBI’s, 32 doubles, and a .779 OPS. He leads the Florida State League in doubles, runs batted in, and is top 10 in almost all major offensive categories. After a down year in 2014, it’s good to see him making strides this year.
Drafted as the 11th pick in the 2013 Amateur Draft, the then 18 year-old was said to have the purest swing coming out of high school in the draft. Although he hasn’t hit a lot of home runs in his professional career, the Mets believe the power will come as Smith matures and develops. He’s projected to hit for both average and power as he’s already shown gap-to-gap power with the amount of doubles he has hit this year. His glove is a key element in his repertoire and he looks to develop into an above average fielder.
Lucas Duda is currently manning 1st base for the foreseeable future. And at 20 years old, Smith still has a few more years to develop into the first baseman of the future for the Mets. With everything the Mets expect of Smith, he should turn out to be a great player for a long time.