One of the more highly touted first round picks in years for the New York Mets was made last season. The pick, which was expected to be highly scrutinized since General Manager Sandy Alderson refused to part with it to sign Michael Bourn, resulted in high school first baseman Dominic Smith joining the Mets' organization. Smith signed quickly and did well with the rookie league team, earning a promotion to Kingsport at the end of the year. Smith made such an impression on the team's front office that they bypassed that level and started him out this season with the Savannah Sand Gnats. Smith's season so far is the subject of this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.
Smith, 19, is one of the younger players in the South Atlantic League, and he has done a very good job adapting to the play at that level. Smith is hitting .287 on the year with 26 RBI's and 32 runs scored in 80 games. Smith hasn't hit a home run yet this season, but he has shown his power potential by knocking 18 doubles so far. Power is usually the last thing to develop for a major league prospect, so as Smith moves through the system some of those doubles should start clearing the fences eventually. Smith is striking out at a decent pace (50 times in 296 at bats), but he has also drawn 28 walks to contribute to a strong .350 on base percentage.
Smith has had a fine season thus far with the Sand Gnats, and he has contributed to the Sand Gnats earning a playoff spot by winning the first half of their season. Smith will likely remain with the Sand Gnats with the remainder of this season, and could find his way up to Port St. Lucie next season at the age of 20. Smith is rapidly moving through the Mets' farm system, and he could team with fellow Alderson draftees Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, and Michael Conforto in a few years to form a dynamic lineup.Tags: Baseball, Dominic Smith, Minor League Mondays, MLB, New York, New York Mets