DOMINIC David Rene SMITH
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   1B-OF
Home: N/A Team:   METS
Height: 6' 0" Bats:   L
Weight: 240 Throws:   L
DOB: 6/15/1995 Agent: Roc Nation Sports
Uniform #: 22  
Birth City: Los Angeles, CA
Draft: Mets #1 - 2013 - Out of high school (CA)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2013 APP KINGSPORT   3 6 2 4 4 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 .750 1.333 .667
2013 GCL GCL-Mets   47 163 22 47 9 1 3 22 2 4 24 36 .387 .411 .288
2014 SAL SAVANNAH   126 461 52 125 26 1 1 44 5 4 51 77 .344 .338 .271
2015 FSL ST. LUCIE   118 456 58 139 33 0 6 79 2 1 35 75 .354 .417 .305
2016 EL BINGHAMTON   130 484 64 146 29 2 14 91 2 1 50 74 .367 .457 .302
2017 PCL LAS VEGAS   114 457 77 151 34 2 16 76 1 1 39 87 .386 .519 .330
2017 NL METS   49 167 17 33 6 0 9 26 0 0 14 49 .262 .395 .198
2018 PCL LAS VEGAS   84 337 52 87 21 1 6 41 3 0 34 76 .328 .380 .258
2018 NL METS   56 143 14 32 11 1 5 11 0 0 4 47 .255 .420 .224
2019 IL SYRACUSE   2 9 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 .222 .333 .222
2019 NL METS $559.00 89 177 35 50 10 0 11 25 1 2 19 44 .355 .525 .282
2020 NL METS $214.00 50 177 27 56 21 1 10 42 0 0 14 45 .377 .616 .316
Personal
  • During Smith's senior year at Serra High School in Gardena, California, he committed to Southern Cal on a baseball scholarship. He hit .493 his senior year.

    In high school, Smith played in the outfield and pitched, as well as playing first base.

  • Dominic needs to keep an eye on his conditioning. He showed up out of shape to 2015 spring training.

  • Smith likes to cook. Supposedly, Dominic can really go to the stove!
  • In 2013, the Mets drafted Smith (see Transactions below).

  • In 2014, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Smith as the 4th-best prospect in the Mets' organization. He was at #11 in the spring of 2015. They had him as third-best prospect in the Mets' farm system in the spring of 2016. In 2017, he was at #2, behind Amed Rosario.

  • Dominic has a lackadaisical approach during pre-game workouts, taking an energy-saving approach. Baseball folks don't like that much. He may grow out of that. (Spring, 2016)

  • In 2015, Smith was named the Class A St. Lucie Mets Player of the Year. 

  • 2015: Smith is part of Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities programs. He credits those programs with helping shape the player and person he is becoming.

  • Feb 17, 2017: Mexican food was Dominic Smith's vice. When Smith wanted to indulge, he would head to the nearest local spot in Southern California for a carne asada wet burrito, smothered in cheese.

    That habit disappeared this winter, when he reported to Mike Barwis' team-sponsored fitness facility in Michigan for an offseason full of workouts. He traded in burritos and hamburgers for smoothies and leafy greens. By the time Smith reported to Mets camp, he had shed 24 pounds, dropping down from his high point of around 258.

    "There were a lot of weekends where I wanted to sneak out and get a burger or two," Smith said. "But I really just told myself: 'Work hard. Fast food's not good for you.' Now if I eat a burger or something, I feel really sluggish. That healthy food does so much for your body, gives you energy—and I just feel great."

    Color Terry Collins impressed. The Mets manager took notice of Smith's slimmed-down figure immediately, knowing how much it figures to help him on defense. Though Smith broke out with a .302 average and 14 home runs this past season at Double-A Binghamton, the Mets feel he still has room for growth if he wants to replace Lucas Duda as their starting first baseman, once Duda's contract expires in 2018. To that end, Smith figures to spend most of his summer at Triple-A Las Vegas, working on maintaining his power gains despite the loss in bulk.

    "I just wanted to get into a comfortable weight where I felt more athletic, and just more versatile as a player," Smith said.(A Dicomo - MLB.com - Feb 17, 2017)

  • Aug 11, 2017: Smith grabbed his cell phone from a shelf in his locker, pointing to the sizable crack that snarled across its face. Initially when Smith dropped the phone on the floor of Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport, life still flickered on the screen. By the time Smith arrived at Citizens Bank Park for his big league debut, a 7-6 Mets win over the Phillies, his phone was a brick.

    "I can just imagine all the people texting," Smith said, laughing. "I can hear my phone vibrate but I can't see anything."

    Smith's mother and brother, who traveled across the country to watch him play in Philadelphia, still hadn't heard from him by game's end. But they certainly saw him. Dominic debuted amid much fanfare, including a television camera that followed him onto the field for the first time. When Smith bounced a single up the middle in his second plate appearance, Yoenis Cespedes rushed from the dugout to collect the souvenir baseball, which the rookie plans to give to one of his parents. When the Mets double-switched Smith out of the game in the sixth inning, shortly after a Freddy Galvis double scooted under his mitt, pockets of fans offered a warm ovation.

    "Your first at-bat, your first ground ball, your first everything, you get a little bit of nerves," Smith said. "But right after that stuff happens, it kind of goes away. Your instincts kick in and you just remember it's baseball."

    If the Mets' vision becomes reality, Smith will grow comfortable in short order. A lefthanded hitter who batted .330 with 16 home runs at Triple-A Las Vegas, Smith was the Mets' top draft pick in 2013. He started at first base and batted sixth in his big league debut, becoming the ninth MLB-affiliated Compton Academy alumnus to reach the Majors. "I'm just hoping that everything I heard about him, how he played in Vegas, he continues to do here," Mets manager Terry Collins said. (A Dicomo - MLB.com - Aug 12, 2017)

  • Aug 11, 2017: The road to the Majors was not always smooth for Smith, who battled weight issues and skepticism of scouts throughout his Minor League career. Though Smith lost 24 pounds last winter, largely by cutting fast food from his diet, he regained some living a Triple-A lifestyle of small towns and late-night meals. Being in a big league clubhouse where nutritious food is readily available, Smith said, should help him maintain a healthy playing weight in the future.

    And if that frees Smith to "absolutely mash," as Collins put it, the Mets will encourage it. With Smith, top prospect Amed Rosario, young All-Star Michael Conforto, and Cespedes all under team control through at least 2020, the Mets feel they have a formidable offensive core in place. Throw in what the Mets still consider a premier pitching staff, and their vision for a bounce-back 2018 takes shape.

    Those plans began with waves of starting pitching, continued with Conforto and Cespedes in 2015 and, this year 2017, with Rosario and Smith. The latter learned of his promotion when Las Vegas manager Pedro Lopez called him to Cashman Field, under the guise of repairing Smith's broken sleep apnea machine. The story sounded just suspicious enough for Smith to suspect the truth: that he was about to race back to his apartment, pack, call his parents, stuff his broken smartphone into his pocket and board a red-eye to Philadelphia, in what he called "a pretty crazy past 24 hours."

    "I was pretty much lost for words," Smith said. "I'm super excited. I feel very accomplished and stuff like that. But I know it's just the beginning." (A Dicomo - MLB.com - Aug 12, 2017)

  • Among the scores of friends who reached out to Dominic upon his big league promotion was J.P. Crawford, one of Smith's closest childhood friends. The two talk constantly, so this conversation was simple.

    "It's about time," Crawford told Smith, before adding, "I'm going to see you soon."

    "I know," Smith replied. "I can't wait."

    Less than four weeks later, Smith was in the Mets' clubhouse barber shop when someone in the room told him Crawford, of the Phillies, had been promoted, and would debut September 5, 2017, against the Mets at Citi Field. Smith immediately grabbed his phone to call his friend.

    "He's like my brother," Smith said. "It's pretty surreal that this is really happening. We always envisioned stuff like this to happen, and now it's finally here. It's kind of like a dream."

    Beginning at age 12, Smith and Crawford played together at Compton's Urban Youth Academy and on travel teams, and were teammates on the 2009 RBI World Series Junior Division Championship team. Smith is from Gardena, Calif., and Crawford is from Lakewood. And their Southern California high school teams also played against one another.

    Along the way, both players developed into noteworthy prospects. In 2013, the Mets selected Smith 11th overall, while the Phillies took Crawford five picks later. Then they climbed up their respective Minor League ladders, making their big league debuts within a month of each other.

    "I can't wait to be on the field with him again," Crawford said before the game. "I'm just going to get out there in the first inning and take it all in."  (DiComo - mlb.com - 9/5/17)

  • September 2017: Smith was named the Mets Player of the Year.

  • Dec 22, 2017: Family time is everything to Dominic, who sat down with MLB.com to discuss his holiday traditions:

    MLB.com: What was a typical Christmas like for you growing up?

    Smith: When I was growing up, it would be me writing out a Christmas list and mailing it off to Santa Claus, then coming back from school and my mom telling me, "Make sure you get good grades, or else Santa Claus isn't going to come. Make sure you're doing good in school, or else Santa Claus isn't going to come." I would get a bad grade or have a bad test and she would say, "Santa Claus is not bringing you gifts." And I would wonder, like, "Dang. How does Santa Claus know this? How does he know everything?"

    MLB.com: How about when you did make the Nice List?

    Smith: Every Christmas, I would go to sleep at, like, 8 o'clock. My mom would let me open one present, but my brother would stay up all night. Then I'd come down and it was like, "Oh, my God, Santa Claus came!" You see the half-eaten cookies and the milk. Christmas was definitely my favorite holiday growing up, for sure.

    MLB.com: What was the best gift you ever received?

    Smith: The best gift I ever got probably was a glove and a bat. I love baseball. And it's expensive. You need the glove. You need the bat. You need cleats. So one Christmas, my sister saved up and bought me a glove and a bat. I was so happy. I was around 13, and that was the first time I got brand-new stuff. I normally just used old stuff that people were about to get rid of, hand-me-downs from guys like Aaron Hicks and Anthony Gose. That's how I grew up. That's how I played. But this was new.

    MLB.com: And living in Los Angeles, you could go outside and play catch that day?

    Smith: Oh, yeah, that's the best part about L.A. I played baseball 365 days a year until I got drafted.

    MLB.com: What is Christmas like for you these days?

    Smith: Christmas is a way different holiday now. My nephew is 11, and I do the same thing to him that my mom did to me, telling him to make sure he does well in school if he wants to get presents. My mom always says she doesn't want anything for herself. She's like, "It's been Christmas since 2013" (the year I got drafted). My brother and sister, they don't want anything.

    It's funny, somebody just asked me, "What do you want for Christmas?" I haven't thought about that for four years, and I used to think about that every year. It's something you planned for. People plan all year to save up for these holidays, for Christmas, to get their kids and themselves what they really, really wanted. It's just funny that somebody asked me what I want for Christmas, and I really haven't thought about it. We're grateful for what we have. All we want is family time and seeing each other together.

    This year is the first year I had Thanksgiving together with my mom and dad since I got drafted. To be with them and be with my family and my nephew, stuff like that, it's really great.

    MLB.com: What Christmas tradition do you look forward to the most?

    Smith: Home-cooked meals are always the best. Last year, we had a prime rib that my mom marinated for, like, four days. She made turkey and ham too, but after Thanksgiving, you don't want to eat turkey every day. So this was the first time she did the prime rib, and it was delicious. Then you've got your mac and cheese and your greens, your string beans and your stuffing, your rolls. But just having a home-cooked meal is great. We're gone so much during the season that, yeah you'll get a home-cooked meal every now and again. But I don't know how often you'll get your parents' cooking. It's always better when it comes from Mama and Papa.  (A DiComo - MLB.com  - Dec 22 - 2017)

  • Oct 26, 2018: When Smith signed on to play winter ball late this 2018 season, he expressed significant excitement, noting that he had "heard nothing but great things about" playing in the Dominican Republic.

    The experience was far from what he expected. The Toros del Este released Smith after just seven games due to a misunderstanding regarding his defensive role, according to his Roc Nation agency. Smith hoped to spend his winter getting "additional reps with a goal of continuing to increase his versatility to best help the New York Mets," his agent, Kyle Thousand, wrote in a statement.

    "With the lack of play in the outfield, both parties felt it was best for Dom to come back to the U.S. to train for the upcoming 2019 season," Thousand continued. Where that leaves Smith and the Mets heading into Spring Training 2019 isn't entirely clear. A strong defensive first baseman coming up through the Minor Leagues, Smith struggled at that position initially in the Majors. With fellow top prospect Peter Alonso raking on the farm and multiple big league outfielders on the disabled list, the Mets began exposing Smith to left field to increase his versatility. He played in 13 games there with the big club down the stretch.

    Among the Mets' most significant upcoming decisions will be whether to proceed with Smith or Alonso as their primary first baseman for the foreseeable future. Winter ball was meant as a way for Smith to expand his skills in left field, but the Toros del Este preferred to use his glove at first. Smith hit just .133 in his seven Dominican Winter League games.

    "It's tough to go play winter ball," he said. "There are great players and there's a lot of pressure. I think that really helps a player blossom and be the player he needs to be to play in the big leagues." (A DiComo - MLB.com - Oct 26, 2018)

  • Smith suffers from sleep apnea. He found that when he wears his mask at night, he plays better the next day. (Anthony DiComo - MLB.com - March 4, 2019)

  • 2019 Season: When Dominic arrived at Port St. Lucie, he brought with him a career .665 OPS, a new sleep apnea mask, and a burgeoning friendship with Pete Alonso, the man everyone including Smith knew had just leapfrogged him on the depth charts. But despite his brutal first two seasons in the Majors, endless position and role changes, and a significant injury, his breakout year was nothing short of magical and bestowed Mets Folk Hero status on him for life.

    It was easy to dismiss Smith’s dazzling Spring Training numbers because, well, it’s Spring Training and anyway wunderkind Alonso had hit even better. Sure, there were reports that Smith had been diagnosed with and treated for sleep apnea, a condition that can cause extreme fatigue, weight gain, and poor reaction time, which would provide a perfectly reasonable explanation for Smith’s struggles, but he had always been an odd duck and a .665 OPS is a whole other level of bad, and besides: Polar Bear Pete!

    So it was nothing short of a head-scratcher when Brodie Van Wagenen, a new GM with no historical relationship with Smith, announced that the team would be bringing both Smith and Alonso north to start the season, and moreover that the lefty/righty duo would not be platooning. Fans and analysts alike were thrilled that Alonso wasn’t getting the Kris Bryant three-weeks-in-the-minors treatment and so gave relatively little notice to the oddity of keeping around Smith given his limited positioning and poor track record. His roster spot would likely end up going to Jed Lowrie soon anyway.

    From day one, when Smith’s eighth inning pinch hit walk resulted in a key insurance run, he took his limited and somewhat unusual role and ran with it. By the end of April, his OPS was at .944, mostly as a pinch hitter, and he found himself starting in left field more and more, both due to his own prowess with the bat and injuries to the team all over the field. His defense in the outfield remains poor, but a major improvement from a brief stint out there in 2018, which still makes me cringe with embarrassment just to think about.

    Smith didn’t slow down until July, when he put up some ugly numbers before succumbing to a stress reaction in his left foot, which was expected to end his season. He didn’t let that disappointment dampen his enthusiasm, though, as he remained a constant presence in the dugout, cheerleading his way through the team’s improbable late-season run, even scooting his way on field to celebrate the now-classic Michael Conforto walk-off, an image memorable enough to demand its own t-shirt.

    And throughout the season, nowhere was Smith’s team-first attitude and all-around good cheer more palpable than in his friendship with Alonso. Despite their obvious roster redundancy, they remained one another’s biggest boosters, never missing an opportunity to celebrate every accomplishment. Even on a team that had as much fun as the 2019 Mets, their relationship stood out as an indicator of a squad that always felt harmonious and likeable.

    The crowning moment of Smith’s resurgence came on the final day of the season. Activated during September, though seemingly still recovering from his injury, Smith had his lone at bat since hitting the injured list. Trailing the Braves by two runs in the bottom of the 11th, Smith came to the plate with two men on and two outs and put a 1-0 fastball (from a lefty, no less) over the fence to walk it off, a moment that will surely stay with him, and us, no matter where his career takes him.

    At the end of it all, Smith’s .282/.355/.525 line over 197 plate appearances blew his career numbers out of the water. He was one of the best pinch-hitters in baseball and finally showed the ability to hit well to all fields that had been his calling card early in the minors. Despite the time lost to injury, it was a resounding success for one of the game’s most likeable players.

    What comes next for Smith, though, is less clear. While he would likely be a great weapon off the bench, the Mets might find that his best value at this stage would be via trade given that he has no position with the team’s current construction. But other teams, just like the Mets, will be justifiably worried about his drop off in July, his defensive woes, and whether or not his BABIP-inflated numbers will carry over to next year. It may be that another year as a part-time player will help answer those questions or if there’s a deal out there too good to pass on, Smith may up answering them for a different team altogether.  (Maggie Wiggin - Nov 9, 2019 - SBNation)

  • In June 2020, Dominic was emotional in a statement made following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis because “it just means so much to me.

    “I just had to really get my words together because I’ve been through it and I see it on an everyday basis,” said Smith, who recently released a poignant Instagram post on the topic. “It really means a lot to me that the world is taking notice.

    “I’ve grown up in South Central L.A., close to Compton. My grandma grew up and lives still in L.A., in the city, close to Crenshaw High School where Darryl Strawberry went. I still go back to those places every year. It’s something that I noticed after I got drafted and traveled the world, got to see the world, and see how other people grow up and live. I saw how growing up in the inner city, we just didn’t have the same chance, the same opportunities.”

    Smith said he has been the victim of both direct and indirect racism. He described a scenario in which a restaurant did not serve him and teammate J.D. Davis for two hours during Mets Spring Training in Florida. He also recalled driving in his car this spring when another motorist honked and yelled a racial slur at him.

    In the wake of Floyd’s death and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement throughout America, Smith said teammates including Davis, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto have reached out to offer their support.

    “We as a group, we don’t see skin color or anything like that,” Smith said. “We treat each other with respect. It’s a brotherhood. And those guys are very understanding about the issues and struggles I go through.

    “I’m just very happy that the world is taking notice.”

    Growing up, Smith said, he was fortunate to have strong parents and a family nucleus to support him. He has spent the past two years working to help the lives of underprivileged baseball players in similar ways, including through his Baseball Generations non-profit. Founded in 2017, Baseball Generations aims to support player development for those who might not otherwise have the financial means or opportunities to play baseball.

    “Every year, I’ve made it a point to go back and try to help my community … so I could show face every year and give kids hope because it’s not fair,” Smith said, speaking through tears. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair, the opportunities that we get and receive. So that’s why I wanted to do what I can, my part to help change. It’s been happening for so long.” (Anthony DiComo - mlb.com - 6/25/2020)

  • 2020 Season:   Stats:  50 Games, 177 At Bats, .316 Batting Average, 56 Hits, 21 Doubles, 1 Triple, 10 Home Runs, 42 RBIs, 27 Runs Scored, .993 OPS, 1.7 WAR

    After his strong 2019 season, the Mets had planned to give Smith a bigger role in 2020, utilizing the DH to create more at-bats for him. Smith didn’t play much prior to Yoenis Cespedes’ opt-out, but that move proved to be a boon for the Mets.

    The expanded playing time gave Smith the chance to become the Mets’ most important offensive player in 2020, eventually anchoring himself in the middle of the lineup. The Mets also began using Smith more at his natural position of first base, shifting Pete Alonso over to DH to improve the infield defense. Smith posted an OPS of nearly 1.000 as he became the heart and soul of the team.

    That proved to be the case when the Mets beautifully protested the shooting of Jacob Blake by staging a moment of silence prior to a scheduled game with the Marlins. Smith had been emotional the day before about how it wasn’t easy to be a black man in America, and the following day provided a memorable post-game Zoom where Smith got to speak to the media with several of his teammates standing behind him, showcasing how the entire organization's support.  (Mike Phillips - Dec 7, 2020)

  • June 15, 2021:  Get you a friend like Pete Alonso.  The Mets slugger helped his buddy and teammate Dom Smith celebrate turning 26 on June 15th, with a little support from the fans in attendance at Citi Field.    

    After the Mets' tense 3-2 win over the Cubs, Alonso was all smiles in his postgame interview, and before he got to the intricacies of the victory, he asked the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to Smith.  The Queens faithful loudly obliged, coming in on cue after a countdown from Alonso, who led the way in a solid baritone voice. The Polar Bear has pipes!  (Chiusano - mlb.com)

  • Sept 3-6, 2021: Smith was on the bereavement list.

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 6, 2013: The Mets drafted Smith in the first round (11th overall), out of Serra High School in Gardena, CA. He received a bonus of $2.6 million. Drew Touissant is the scout who signed him.

  •   Jan 15, 2021: The Mets avoided arbitration with Smith agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million.

Batting
  • Smith has very impressive hitting skills. He makes it look easy with his beautiful lefthanded stroke, so loose and effortless. He just squares everything up on the barrel. Scouts love his natural bat path, beautiful lefthanded swing and his strong, quick hands. He hits the ball to the opposite field enough to hit for a plus batting average.

    “His plate discipline is what stands out,” Las Vegas manager Pedro Lopez said near the end of the 2017 season.. “He has power, but he stays within himself. He stays up the middle with his approach, and most of his home runs come . . . the opposite way.”

    Scouts have rated Dominic hitting for average at 60, and his lefthanded power at 50 or 55.

    Dominic will have to add some loft to his stroke and pull the ball to right more often to tap into his power potential more. Smith is more of a pure hitter than a slugger, and he’s worked hard to maintain that reputation. He does so with the confidence that the power will come as his body matures and gains strength, and that a well-honed hit tool is one of the sport’s rarest gems.

  • Mets organization officials envision him as somebody who may eventually hit 20 homers in a season with a batting average consistently in the neighborhood of .300. He hit a cumulative .303 at high Class A St. Lucie and Binghamton.

    “I still think Dom is one of those kind of guys who will develop power even though he hasn’t necessarily shown it yet in the minor leagues,” manager Terry Collins said. “He’s an intelligent hitter who will learn how to get some balls in the air."

  • Dominic puts natural loft and backspin on the ball. He starts his lefthanded stroke from an open stance with his feet close together then starts his load by swaying his weight onto his back foot. As he is set in his load position, he has a mild leg kick while he shifting his weight onto the front side then releases his raw power. He goes with pitches on the outer half of the plate, driving them to left field.

    In 2015, Smith reduced his leg kick to get his foot down sooner at the plate and allowing his natural hitting timing to take over. The ball comes off his bat well. He has learned to pull the ball, and his power to the gaps is now very evident.

  • Smith can get caught out on his front foot at times, which gets him in trouble when he drifts and tries to pull every pitch. So the Mets worked with him to stay down and through the ball. (Spring, 2014)

  • Smith is a pure hitter, has a very smooth stroke and stays well balanced. He controls the strike zone and has excellent hand-eye coordination and impressive bat speed, hitting the ball with authority. His plate coverage is excellent and he hangs in well vs. lefthanded pitchers.

    Dominic displays an advanced feel for hitting. He continues to hit for a high average while adding significantly more power, though that part of his game will only continue to evolve over the next few years.

    He’s also shown advanced skill against lefthanded pitchers. Smith credited adjustments made with hitting coach Joel Fuentes for his turnaround.

    “When I started off pretty slowly, a week or two into the season,” Smith said in July 2015, “I sat down with (Fuentes) and worked on a few things. We worked on me staying back. It’s been a lot easier as far as making solid contact and hitting the ball hard and spraying the ball all over the field.”

  • Dominic recognizes breaking pitches well.

  • Smith is able to use the entire field. "That's my approach,” he said. “I mean, I’m a hit-first type of guy. I grew up learning how to hit and trying to be able to hit and I take what the pitchers give me. If they painted me away, I’m going to try to go away and I’ll go with it, and if they try to go in I’ll just turn on a few pitches.”

  • Dominic showed up at 2019 spring training with a new physique, a new stance, and new goals. He spoke with Kyle Glaser of Baseball America in March.

    Glaser: The numbers haven’t been what you wanted them to be those first two seasons. What did you diagnose as the root of that, and what steps have you taken to change that?

    Smith: "A lot of it was just like mechanically in my swing. You look at a lot of footage and tape over the last two years, I was doing so many things bad at the plate. I really did a lot of studying over the last two years, and I got to watch the best players play a lot," Smith said.

    "We get to see (Bryce) Harper all the time, last year we got to see Mookie (Betts) and J.D. (Martinez) play, I got to see Goldy (Paul Goldschmidt) a bunch, a lot of really good hitters that I got to watch and you have so much access to video that you can really study. I was just noticing things they were doing that I wasn’t doing. This offseason I really worked hard on making it easier to have success. So I simplified a lot of my swing.”

    Glaser: How so?

    Smith: "Less moving parts. I’m a little bit taller now because when I was in my legs I would rock back too far and it would get me out on my front foot, and once I’m out on my front foot I’m trying to catch everything out in front and that’s what causing me to chase a lot of pitches. Now, I’m more tall, so I can really sit on that back hip and really reach and read the pitches now. I’m still really young, it’s crazy . . . So at 23 years old, I feel like I still have a lot of potential and upside."

    Glaser: "You dropped a lot of weight in 2018, and even more early in 2019. What are you at right now?"

    Smith: "Right now I’m around like 216. I wanted to show the Mets, I know they had me a little bit in the outfield last year and I wasn’t the best, but it was my first little stint out there so I wanted to really focus on that.

    "And like I said, over the last couple of years I’ve been paying attention to a lot of the best players and the biggest thing I realized is the best players are some of the best athletes first, and then they’re good baseball players second. I told myself I want to get as strong as I can, as explosive as I can and as fast as I can and then I want to focus on baseball stuff, and I felt like I put myself in a good situation to be a completely different player . . . (I wanted to) showcase that I’m mobile, I can run around."

  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Dominic's career Major League stats were: .258 batting average, 35 home runs and 171 hits, with 104 RBI in 664 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Smith plays first base and left field.

  • Dominic has has a solid arm from the outfield, but his release is long and delayed and will need a bit of refinement if he's going to play there.

    As for his arm, he hit 95 mph off the mound as a junior in high school. It rates an above-average 55 or 60.

  • The only knock about Smith playing first is that his arm will not be utilized, so that speaks to the strength of his canon. At first base, he is a solid defender and profiles as your typical power swinging corner infielder. But he is so nimble around the bag that he rates a 60 grade, or better, for his defense at first base.

    And that strong arm comes in handy when he initiates a double play.

  • Dominic has Gold Glove potential at first base. He is excellent around the bag with quick feet, impressive footwork, and soft, shortstop-like hands. And good instincts.
Running
  • Dominic is a below-average runner—only a 40 grade. He hits into a lot of double plays because of that.
Career Injury Report
  • April 12-May 1, 2015: Smith was on the D.L.

  • November 2015: Dominic missed a couple of weeks with an oblique injury but made it back for the last few games of the Arizona Fall League season.

  • March 26, 2018: Smith was on the DL with strained right quad.

  • July 27-Sept 26, 2019: The Mets placed Smith on the injured list with a stress reaction in his left foot. 

  • March 17, 2021: The Mets scratched Smith from their lineup due to right wrist soreness.