You’ve seen me write about Dominic Smith before. In 2013 we began talking about Smith and how long he’d take to reach the majors. In that article we predicted that come 2018, we’d be talking about Smith reaching the majors. In 2014 we wondered if Smith would be the heir to Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. In 2015 we watched Smith struggle mightily for half the year before turning things on in the second half. In 2016 we enjoyed an emergence of Smith as a more complete hitter but, instead of getting to see him in Flushing, watched the Mets sign James Loney.
This year I’ve talked about Smith’s general readiness for the majors. When Lucas Duda was injured again, I wondered if the Mets might finally bring Smith up. They didn’t then, but they certainly may soon. The Trade Deadline is fast approaching and the Mets are determining if they are destined to be “Buyers” or “Sellers” when it does. Either way, Duda’s days in Mets uniform have to be numbered.
In 2017 Smith has been one of the most impressive prospects for the Mets. As of today he is in the midst of a 18 game hitting streak, has the highest slugging percentage of his career (thanks to the PCL) and has avoided the slumps and bumps we’ve seen in previous years.
If the Mets decide they are “Buyers”: Smith is the best defensive option that the Mets have at first base, he’s been very consistent and could be a boon to the offense as well. The Mets need pitching right now, so it might take a three team deal to move Duda and get what we need but it’s certainly possible. The Mets have much more power with Duda but that doesn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t be better off with Smith at first.
If the Mets decide they are “Sellers”: Smith and Rosario need to find their way to Queens to get ready for the 2018 season. That’s a total no brainer.
International Free Agency:
Ronny Mauricio – The Mets signed Mauricio who MLB.com had ranked 10th overall in their international rankings. He’s a contact hitting shortstop who may eventually switch to third base or the outfield. He’s supposed to be sound defensively but could size himself out of the position. There isn’t much power, as of yet, but scouts think it will develop later on.
Adrian Hernandez – A complete hitter who has the ability to hit for contact and power. He has show a tendency to pull the ball and he’s a bit of a free swinger but he could develop into an impact hitter. He currently projects to play centerfield but could move to one of the corners if the team develops his power over his speed and range.
AAA: Las Vegas 51s
Amed Rosario swinging a better bat – He hit .286 over his last 10 games which could signal that he’s pulled out of his slump.
Gavin Cecchini back in the minors – The Mets are moving players around like hot potatoes.
AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Chris Flexen continues to impress – Another fabulous start for AA.
P.J. Conlon recovers – After a few bad starts it was a positive step.
Corey Oswalt looks good – The 2018 Mets will have far more backup options in case of injury.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
Justin Dunn still not impressive – He’s been better but there hasn’t been any signs of greatness from the former first round pick.
Wuilmer Becerra back to slumping – There’s been more bad than good this year.
Peter Alonso continues to look better – He’s got another week of hitting .300 under his belt and his numbers continue to rise.
Jordan Humphreys lacks power – However his second start in Advanced A does get results.
Merandy Gonzalez continues to be consistent – He’s taken the promotion in stride and is looking to move up the prospect rankings.
Eudor Garcia is healthy again – The Mets have a log jam of third base prospects now.
A: Columbia Fireflies
Desmond Lindsay last played 6/12
Thomas Szapucki isn’t dominating yet – He’s only got a few outings this year and he’s been fine but we want more.
Andres Gimenez is quietly effective – Doesn’t have gaudy stats but he’s one of the few hitters on the Fireflies.
A-: Brooklyn Cyclones
Jose Miguel Medina is the star of Brooklyn – He’s only 20 and he’s leading the team in most offensive categories.
R2: Kingsport Mets
Juan Uriarte looks great – This 19 year old catcher has started the year off with a bang.
R1: GCL Mets
Guillermo Granadillo has extra base power – In 6 games played he has 2 doubles and 2 triples.
Hansel Moreno off to a good start – Hitting .500 through 6 games isn’t the easiest thing to do.
Daison Acosta is the Ace of this staff – Things have looked good through his first two starts.