Showing posts with label Dominic Smith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dominic Smith. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/9: Dominic Smith goes 3 for 5 in losing cause for Savannah


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/9:


Mets AAA - COLORADO SPRINGS 11, LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks in three innings in his second start since rejoining Vegas. Third baseman Zach Lutz committed two errors behind Montero. Travis d'Arnaud had a pinch-hit single in his season debut with the 51s. Chasen Bradford allowed three eighth-inning runs in his Triple-A debut. Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in the loss. Vegas has lost 17 of its last 22. Box

Mets AA - AKRON 10, BINGHAMTON 2: Hansel Robles loaded the bases in the first inning but limited the damage to one run, on a fielder’s choice by Tony Wolters. Robles settled down after his bumpy start and held the RubberDucks hitless over the next three innings. That success ended in the fifth when he walked Jordan Smith and surrendered a two-run homer to Tyler Naquin for a 3-0 lead. RubberDucks starter Duke von Schamann silenced the B-Mets through five scoreless innings. Following a walk to open his start, he retired 10 straight B-Mets until Kevin Plawecki singled. Binghamton finally got to the 6-foot-5 righty in the sixth. After Kyle Johnson was thrown out attempting to steal second, von Schamann reopened the door by walking Brian Burgamy with two outs. Plawecki followed with a run-scoring double. Dustin Lawley cut Akron’s lead to 3-2 in the seventh by launching his fifth homer of the season. Akron answered in the bottom half against Chase Huchingson, who was making his first Double-A appearance since before last season's 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse. Jordan Smith reached on an error. Ollie Linton

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Mets News: Mets send young players to nutrition and strength training camp


Mets News:


The Wilpon family has strong ties to Michigan University as Fred Wilpon and son Jeff Wilpon are both graduates there... Mike Barwis, who is the football team’s strength and conditioning coach became friends with Jeff Wilpon and eventually, the Mets hired Barwis as a consultant.

The Mets GM Sandy Alderson after the 2013 season wanted to offer a more regimented off-season training program for some of their younger players.

The Mets have suggested the Michigan training program to players Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, Dominic Smith, Patrick Biondi, and Phillip Evans, two recently drafted players, became part of the group, as well.

The program was voluntary, the cost split between the organization and each player.

The players reported for about four weeks in the fall and have returned recently to put in a few more weeks before spring training. Juan Lagares, the Mets center fielder has joined the others this time around.

Barwis evaluates each of the players and comes up with a nutrition and workout regimen. The players have worked on their balance, explosiveness, strength, speed and flexibility.

Read More: NY Times

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mets News: ESPN Keith Law - Mets have the 6th Best Farm System


Best 1B Prospect?

Mets News:


ESPN.com’s Keith Law puts five Mets in his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with Noah Syndergaard the highest ranked at No. 24.

Travis d'Arnaud (36), Dominic Smith (37), Rafael Montero (60) and Brandon Nimmo (92) round out the list.

Dominic Smith is the highest ranked first baseman on Law’s list and the only first baseman to appear in the top 50.

On Tuesday, Law said the Mets have the sixth-best farm system in MLB.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mets News: Mets Announce Organization Awards - Dykstra, Plawecki, Ynoa get top honors


Mets News:


The Mets have announced their organization awards, they named first baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki as their co-minor league players of the year. Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa has been named the organization's top pitching performer. Dykstra hit 21 HR's and drove in 82 RBI's, Ynoa won 17 games including two post-season games and had a ERA of 2.72 with 106 K's in 135 innings. Plawecki batted .305 with 80 RBI's.

Those prospects, along with individual level award winners, will be honored during a pregame ceremony at Citi Field on Friday night.

The individual level Sterling Award winners:

• Right-hander Rafael Montero (Las Vegas)

• Right-handers Noah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters (Binghamton)

• Outfielder/third baseman Dustin Lawley (St. Lucie)

• First baseman Jayce Boyd (Savannah)

• Right-hander Robert Whalen (Kingsport)

• Right-hander Robert Gsellman (Brooklyn)

• First baseman Dominic Smith (Gulf Coast League)

• Outfielder John Mora and left-hander Jose Medina (Dominican Summer League)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/30: Gorski tosses seven shutout innings for Binghamton, Plawecki hit in head, Savannah sweeps double dip, Dominic Smith still hitting for Kingsport


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/30:


AAA - TUCSON 3 LAS VEGAS 1: Justin Hampson suffered the blown save. He allowed three ninth-inning runs, including a two-run homer to Mike Wilson. Rafael Montero tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight. With second-place Sacramento's loss, Las Vegas' magic number nonetheless was sliced to one with three games remaining. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Darin Gorski tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only two hits. The southpaw faced one over the minimum in his 13th start this season with the B-Mets. The only frame he faced more than three hitters was the first, when Adam Loewen produced a two-out double. The only other hit Gorski allowed was a leadoff single by Andy Burns in the fourth. Two batters later, Gorski erased Burns with an inning-ending double play. New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire no-hit the B-Mets through five innings. The B-Mets then produced a five-run sixth. Joe Bonfe led off by bouncing a ball to third base. The throw from Burns went wide and pulled Kevin Ahrens off first base. Alonzo Harris followed with his second walk of the night. Daniel Muno bunted both runners ahead. Josh Rodriguez then got ahead in the count, 3-0. After the third ball, catcher Chris Schaeffer elected to intentionally walk Rodriguez to load the bases. Ball four, however, sailed over Schaeffer’s head, allowing Bonfe to score. One batter later, Travis Taijeron delivered Binghamton’s first hit. He lined a 2-1 pitch down the left-field line to score both runners. Gorski struck out five over seven innings. Rehabbing Frank Francisco threw a scoreless eighth. Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his franchise-record 38th save. Binghamton won despite producing only two hits -- by Wilfredo Tovar and Taijeron. The B-Mets' last win with two hits or fewer came on July 13, 2012, in a 2-0 victory against Erie. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER 3: A day after being eliminated from postseason contention, St. Lucie broke a 3-all tie in the sixth as Charley Thurber doubled and scored on Cam Maron's single. An inning later, Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch in the head with two outs and departed as a precaution. The Mets opened a three-run lead in the eighth on Gilbert Gomez's two-run single. T.J. Chism earned his 20th save with a scoreless ninth. Box

Friday, August 30, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/29: Dustin Lawley hits first Triple-A Homer, Newly Acquired Dilson Herrera goes 2 for 3 for Savannah, Dominic Smith goes 2 for 2 with 2 doubles for Kingsport


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/29:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 10, COLORADO SPRINGS 7: Dustin Lawley, the Florida State League Player of the Year and home run leader, launched his first Triple-A long ball. Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter also went deep as the 51s pummeled Sky Sox starter Sean Gallagher for 10 runs on 14 hits in four innings. 51s starter Matt Fox allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Chris Schwinden entered to record the final out after D.J. Mitchell surrendered four ninth-inning runs. Box

AA - BOWIE 13, BINGHAMTON 1: The Baysox blasted five homers, four against starter Erik Goeddel, to hand the B-Mets their most lopsided loss of the season. Trailing 7-0, the B-Mets finally got on the board in the fifth against Daniel McCutchen. Travis Taijeron deposited a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his 14th Double-A homer. Brandon Waring, who entered the game with a .159 batting average in August, launched three homers -- the final against Armando Rodriguez in the sixth. He became the first opponent to hit three homers against the B-Mets since Danny Espinosa performed the feat with Harrisburg on Aug. 4, 2010. Adam Kolarek and Chasen Bradford each contributed two scoreless relief innings. Goeddel (9-7) allowed 10 runs on 12 hits, both career-highs, in 4 2/3 innings. McCutchen (2-0) surrendered one run over 4 1/3 innings after taking over for rehabbing major leaguer Jason Hammel. Goeddel is the first B-Mets pitcher to allow four homers in a game since Brandon Moore surrendered four to Harrisburg on Sep. 3, 2010. it was Binghamton’s worst margin of defeat since they fell, 16-3, to New Hampshire on April 26, 2012. Earlier in the day, the Eastern League named Allan Dykstra and closer Jeff Walters to the end-of-season All-Star team. Box

A+ - JUPITER 12, ST. LUCIE 3: Alex Panteliodis allowed eight runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings and St. Lucie was eliminated from postseason contention. T.J. Rivera drove in two of the Mets' three runs. Box

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mets News: 2013 First Round Pick - 1B - Dominic Smith promoted to Kingsport


Mets News:


First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' top pick (11th overall) in the June draft, has been promoted from the Gulf Coast League to Kingsport in time for the Appalachian League playoffs.

Smith, 18, hit .287 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 167 GCL at-bats. He had a .384 on-base percentage.

Kingsport has three games remaining in its regular season.

The lefty-batting, lefty-throwing Smith received a $2.6 million bonus after signing out of high school in Los Angeles.

Friday, August 23, 2013

2013 Mets Top 20 Prospects (Updated)


Here are the 2013 Mets Top 20 Prospects.

To be eligible to be on the list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.

*Players are graded on a 2-8 scale for both present and future tools. 2-3 is well below average, 4 is below average, 5 is average, 6 is above average and 7-8 is plus.


1) Noah Syndergaard - RHP - Binghamton Mets (AA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 6/7 | Curveball: 4/5 | Changeup: 5/6 | Control: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

Syndergaard had a very successful full-season debut where he made the All-Star team, held hitters to a .212 average and struck out 10.6 per nine innings. He uses his height well, throwing downhill with some movement. Though his fastball is plus, thrown up to 96 mph consistently, he’s more than just a thrower. His power curve has improved as he’s added velocity to it and it could be an above-average breaking ball in the future. He has a power changeup as well, which is still a work in progress, but could give him a third above-average offering. Despite his size, he has an easy delivery and he throws strikes. His combination of stuff, pitchability and aggressiveness on the mound point to a possible future as a frontline starter.

2) Travis d'Arnaud - C - New York Mets

Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 5/6 | Power: 5/6 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/6 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

If it hadn’t been for some injuries, talk about d’Arnaud as a prospect would have long been a thing of the past and the buzz would be about him as one of the bright young catching stars in the big leagues. In 2012, he was tearing up the Pacific Coast League when he tore the PCL in his left knee. During the offseason, he was traded for an ace for the second time in his career. Initially a Phillies prospect, he was dealt to Toronto in the Roy Halladay deal. This time, he was the key part of a package sent from the Blue Jays to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. When healthy, he has the tools to be a top-flight all-around backstop. He’s agile and athletic with a good arm and has worked hard to improve his throwing. He has the ability to hit for both average and power and is a natural leader behind the plate, skills he should be able to show off in New York soon.

3) Rafael Montero - RHP - Las Vegas 51's (AAA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): FB: 6/7 | Curve: 4/5 | Slider: 5/5 | Changeup: 4/5 | Control: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6

Since signing out of the Dominican Republic, a bit older than most international prospects, Montero has been on a bit of a fast track. He made three stops during his debut summer in 2011, then kept on going in 2012, pitching at both full-season A-ball affiliates while finishing fourth in the organization in ERA and batting average against. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but there aren't concerns about durability. Montero has a real feel for pitching, often pitching backwards with his slider and quality fading changeup. That doesn't mean he doesn't have a fastball. He can touch 95 mph with a ton of life. He can throw all of them for strikes, which bodes well for his future as a member of a big league rotation.

4) Wilmer Flores - 2B/INF - New York Mets

Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 4/5

The 2012 season was a big one for the Mets infield prospect. Still very young, Flores made impressive progress at the plate, moving up to Double-A for the first time. He has a knack for making contact and is extremely tough to strike out. His overall approach at the plate improved and that helped him tap into his raw power more consistently. Initially a shortstop, Flores moved around the infield in 2012, spending more time at third than anywhere else, and that's a much better home for him given his lack of quickness. He has good hands and a strong arm, but the lack of range might continue to be an issue. Flores' bat might be ready to contribute soon, regardless of his position.

5) Brandon Nimmo - OF - Savannah Sand Gnats (A Full)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

When evaluating where Nimmo is on the development path, it's important to note that Brooklyn is not a very nice place to hit. Just ask Ike Davis, who hit zero homers in the New York-Penn League at age 21. Nimmo, the Wyoming native who didn't have a high school baseball team, hit six as a raw teenager. There's a lot of raw power to tap into for Nimmo and as he continues to refine his approach, he should have at least above-average pop in games. He does understand the strike zone quite well, so he should hit for average as well. A solid average runner, Nimmo has a good arm and while he has work to do to stay in center field, should be an average defender across the board. The Mets knew it might take Nimmo some time to develop given his experience, but in many ways he's ahead of the curve.

6) Cesar Puello - OF - Binghamton Mets (AA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/6 | Power: 5/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/6

In terms of pure raw tools, no one stands ahead of Puello in the Mets' organization. The 2013 season looked like the one where he would translate those tools into consistent performance, until he was suspended for 50 games for PED use in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation. Puello still has a good deal of raw power and the bat speed to be a good all-around hitter. He needs to continue to refine his approach at the plate so he can tap into that power, something that started to come in 2013. He has good speed and a very strong arm from the outfield, with the chance to be an above-average defender, either in center or right field. He'll need to prove to everyone that his breakout wasn't drug-enhanced after he returns from his suspension.

7) Dominic Smith - 1B/OF - GCL Mets (RK)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 4/4 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/5

For the third year in a row, the Mets took a high school position player with their first pick in the Draft and this time it was Smith, whom many thought to be the best pure prep hitter in the 2013 Draft class. The SoCal first baseman has the chance to be an above-average hitter and should add more power as he develops. While he's a quality defender at first, he is limited to that position, so how much pop he does add will determine just how well he profiles at the corner infield spot. Most are confident, however, that his bat should carry him to the big leagues.

8) Gavin Cecchini - SS - Brooklyn Cyclones (A Short)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 2/4 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6
If Cecchini needs advice about the travails of Minor League life, he can ask his older brother, Garin, who was a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010. Of course his father, who doubled as his high school coach, well-prepared him for the path ahead. Gavin is a scrappy middle infielder who should be able to play shortstop long-term thanks to good range, a solid arm and plus instincts. Those instincts also helps his solid average speed play up on the basepaths. He projects to be a good all-around hitter with the ability to make consistent contact, even if it’s not with that much power. He plays the game the right way and that plus makeup should help him move up the organizational ladder.

9) Kevin Plawecki - C - St. Lucie Mets (A Adv)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/5 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/5

The 2012 Draft class wasn't a great one in terms of catching depth, especially from the college ranks, so Plawecki was able to ride a strong junior season at Purdue into the supplemental first round. At Purdue, he was a contact-first, offensive-minded catcher, but he has some obvious strength and should hit for more power in the future (he did hit seven homers, including four at home in Brooklyn -- a tough park for hitters). He may not wow anyone with his skills behind the plate, but he's a solid receiver who works well with pitchers and with an arm that was strong and accurate enough to throw out 32 percent of would-be basestealers during his pro debut. There isn't much catching depth in the Mets' system and Plawecki rises right to the top of that class.

10) Jeurys Familia - RHP - Rehab Assignment

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 7/7 | Slider: 5/6 | Changeup: 4/5 | Control: 3/4 | Overall: 5/6

There has never been any question about Familia’s arm strength and his ability to generate swings and misses, with his strikeout rate of nearly a batter per inning throughout his Minor League career. He can maintain his mid-90s velocity throughout his starts with good sink. His slider with short bite gives him a very good breaking ball to complement his fastball, and it has a cutter-type action. He shows some feel for a sinking changeup, though he doesn’t throw it much, especially when he’s coming out of the bullpen. His lack of command and the lack of a consistent third pitch makes most thinking a relief role makes the most sense, with the potential to be a future closer.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/23: Ruben Tejada goes 3 for 5 in Vegas Win, Noah Syndergaard goes to 3-0 for Binghamton, Dominic Smith goes 1 for 2 for GCL Mets


Tejada

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/23:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 12, RENO 10: The 51s scored 10 runs in the third inning alone, and still barely won the game. Ruben Tejada went 3-for-5, and left fielder Mike Baxter, right fielder Jamie Hoffmann and catcher Juan Centeno had two hits apiece. (One of Baxter's hits was a homer, his fourth of the season.) Wilmer Flores returned from an ankle injury, started at first base, and went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Jordany Valdespin went 0-for-3 with two walks. Starter Jacob deGrom gave up five runs on eights hits in 3 2/3 innings, with six strikeouts and four walks. Reliever Greg Burke allowed three runs in two innings, including a pair of homers, but Robert Carson pitched a scoreless ninth to get the save. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 6, READING 3: The B-Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and that was all they needed. Noah Syndergaard improved to 3-0 at Double-A, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings, with seven walks and one strikeout. Second baseman Daniel Muno and center fielder Darrell Ceciliani had two hits apiece. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 5, DAYTONA 3
DAYTONA 7, ST. LUCIE 0:
The Mets won the first game of the doubleheader. Starter Rainy Lara got the win, giving up two earned runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Second baseman T.J. Rivera had two of St. Lucie's five hits. In the second game, which only went seven innings, Mets starter Domingo Tapia lasted just 2/3 of an inning, giving up three earned runs on two hits, with four walks. Box 1; Box 2

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/18: Jordany Valdespin debuts for Vegas, Justin Turner still hitting for B-Mets, Dominic Smith goes 1 for 1 with 2 RBI's in GCL


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/18:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 3, RENO 2: Jordany Valdespin made his Las Vegas debut, starting at second base. He was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. Matt den Dekker  went 1 for 3 with a solo HR, which gave the B-Mets the lead in the seventh inning. Jacob deGrom got the win (3-1), he went 6 innings, giving up six hits, 2 runs, while striking out three. Robert Carson picked up his fifth save in relief. Demoted Shortstop Ruben Tejada went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Wilmer Flores (ankle) was placed on the DL before the game.  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 4, NEW BRITAIN 3: The B-Mets scored three runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rally for the win. Rhyne Hughes capped the furious comeback by lining a go-ahead, two-run single against Matt Hauser. Rehabbing Justin Turner started the rally by deliverying a two-out single. Josh Rodriguez followed with a walk and Allan Dykstra blooped an RBI single to left. After Wilfredo Tovar pinch-ran for Dykstra, Cesar Puello walked to load the bases. Hughes then hammered Hauser’s 2-1 offering through the hole and into right field. Rodriguez scored easily. Tovar dove headfirst, ahead of the throw from Evan Bigley with the game-deciding run.

Jeff Walters then notched his league-leading 25th save. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon dealt with only one baserunner through three innings, on a fielding error by Turner at shortstop. Eddie Rosario put New Britain on the board with a solo homer on Cohoon’s first pitch of the fourth. New Britain pounded out three more hits in the inning, but the B-Mets defense shined to prevent the Rock Cats from adding to their lead. Bigley was thrown out at home by Alonzo Harris when he tried to score on Josmil Pinto’s single. Darrell Ceciliani followed by making a diving catch in the left-field corner, robbing Miguel Sano of an extra-base hit. Binghamton capped the inning by nabbing Pinto at the plate after Nate Hanson laced a double to the right-field alley. Ex-big leaguer Nick Blackburn kept the B-Mets in check through five scoreless innings. In the sixth, Ceciliani started a rally with a double. He advanced on a sac bunt and tied the score at 1 on Danny Muno’s sac fly. Cohoon preserved the tie by posting zeroes from the fifth through seventh innings. The Rock Cats broke the tie in the eighth against Cohoon on Rosario's RBI single. Chasen Bradford took over for Cohoon and allowed one inherited runner to score. Bradford (1-1) earned his first Double-A victory thanks to Binghamton’s comeback. Box

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/17: Justin Turner goes 2 for 5 in Binghamton Loss, Kyle Johnson drives in three for St.Lucie, L.J. Mazzilli has 3 hit night, Dominic Smith hits solo homer for GCL Mets


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/17:


AA - RICHMOND 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Justin Turner went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and run scored and participated in Binghamton's first triple play in six years, but the B-Mets (59-36) dropped the rubber match. The Squirrels scored three runs without a hit to break a sixth-inning tie. Jim Fuller walked the first three batters, then hit a batter as Richmond took a 4-3 lead. Adam Kolarek entered with the bases still loaded and recorded consecutive fielder’s choices as a run scored each time. Fuller (2-1) suffered his first Double-A loss. B-Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, in his first appearance since the Futures Game, allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings while striking out five. He surrendered two homers during a 98-pitch effort. Ryan Lollis opened the game with a solo homer against Syndergaard. In the bottom half, Binghamton plated a run on Rhyne Hughes' RBI single. The Flying Squirrels answered with another run against Syndergaard in the second, on opposing pitcher Craig Westcott's RBI single.

The B-Mets' Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 11 games and plated Xorge Carrillo with a single to make it 2-2 in the second. Syndergaard again got into trouble in the third. But Mark Minicozzi lined out to shortstop Wilfredo Tovar. The two baserunners were attempting to steal on the play. It became a 6-4-4 triple play. In the bottom half, Cesar Puello led off with an opposite-field homer to give the B-Mets a 3-2 lead. Richmond came back with its second long ball of the day against Syndergaard. Adam Duvall blasted a fifth-inning shot to tie the score at 3. After Richmond took the 6-3 lead, Puello's sacrifice fly and another Hughes RBI single cut the deficit to one run, but the B-Mets stranded the tying run at second base. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez was ejected in the seventh by first base umpire Brian de Brauwere. Box

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mets News: Mets reach a deal with First Round Pick 1B/OF - Dominic Smith


Mets News:


The Mets have reached a deal with their 2013 first round pick (11 overall) 1B/OF Dominic Smith.

Smith's deal is worth $2.6MM, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America (on Twitter).  That figure is just below the slot recommendation of $2.8MM for the No. 11 overall selection.

Smith, a high school first baseman out of California, is being advised by the MVP Sports Group.

ESPN's Keith Law ranked Smith as the No. 11 talent available, while Baseball America ranked him 14th, and MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo ranked him 15th.  All three noted the tremendous upside of Smith's bat and his plus defense at first, with Law in particular noting how rare it is for high school first basemen to be this highly regarded because they're already at the bottom of the defensive spectrum.

Mets Chronicle reported last week that the Mets and Smith were close to a deal.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mets News: Mets announce eleven 2013 Draft Picks signings


The Mets announced that they have signed 11 of their picks from the First-Year Player Draft which include:

OF Champ Stuart (6th)
RHP Ricky Knapp (8th)
OF Patrick Biondi (9th)
SS Luis Guillorme (10th)
SS Jeff McNeil (12th)
RHP Kevin McGowan (13th)
C Colton Plaia (15th)
1B Zach Mathieu (16th)
RHP Brent McMinn (18th)
RHP Gaither Bumgardner (23rd)
RHP Cameron Griffin (34th).

First-round pick Dominic Smith, a first baseman, is expected to sign soon.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mets News: Mets close to signing First Round Pick 1B/OF Dominic Smith


Mets News:


The Mets are close to signing first-round pick Dominic Smith, according to multiple reports.

The Mets selected Smith, a first baseman out of Serra HS (Calif.), with the 11th pick in this year's draft. He took swings at Citi Field on Sunday, and even stayed for all 20 innings of the Mets-Marlins game on Saturday.

Smith's recommended slot value, according to multiple websites, is $2,840,300. Smith is committed to play at University of Southern California if he is not able to work out a deal with the Mets.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Friday, June 07, 2013

Baseball Prospectus Profile on Mets First Round Pick (11 Overall) 1B/OF Dominic Smith (with Video)


Player Spotlight: Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith | 1B/OF/LHP | Serra HS (Los Angeles, CA)
6-foot-1/200 pounds | left/left profile | draft day age 17y 11m | Univ. of Southern California commit

Smith entered the WWBA World Championship as a potential 1st rounder with some heat off the strength of his summer showcase performances. A member of last year’s Marlin’s Scout Team (which is where I had my first extended looks at the talented Smith), he spent the 2012 Perfect Game tourney with Yak Baseball West-GBG, where he logged time at first base, in the outfield and even behind the plate (where he popped a 1.84 to second base per Joe Hamrahi and a couple of Perfect Game scouts).

Smith began to gain traction on the mound late in the summer, where he now sits 90-92 mph from the left side, boasting an intriguing upside and a strong, athletic body providing an ample lump of clay with which a developmental staff could work. Last weekend’s tournament, however, reminded everyone just how impressive Smith’s offensive skillset is. Here’s what the BP scouting contingent saw:

One of the elite position players in his class, he was the talk of the tourney after catching on the backfields in a consolation game. By the way, he’s a southpaw. Has Gold Glove potential at first base and well above average arm. Left-handed bat is outstanding, uses other field as well as any hitter in his class, and is starting to display power. Versatile; likes to play. Enjoyed watching him try to keep his bat dry in one of the weekend’s frequent visits by Hurricane Sandy, tucked it under his arm and jersey until the last moment. USC Commit.–Dan Evans

Had the best pure swing in the tournament. It was fluid and smooth, and he barreled just about everything he hit. Smith went the other way with authority and is a scout’s dream of a hitter. The kid can do just about everything, including catch; registered a pop time of 1.84.–Joe Hamrahi

Impressive physique, good tapered frame; big league body; clean swing with line drive ability pole-to-pole; pull side power but still learning to implement in-game; could develop legit playable power across field with time and reps; picks at first as well as any amateur I’ve seen; footspeed not ideal for outfield, even in a corner; will save runs at first base; plus make-up; USC commit; profiles well as Day 1 bat; a kid you draft with no concerns about his adjustment to pro ball on and off the field.–Nick Faleris

Video:


Beautiful Swing, Smooth at First Base and a Great name (LOL)

Mets News: Mets select 1B/OF Dominic Smith in the first round


Mets News:


The New York Mets have selected California high school first baseman Dominic Smith with the 11th overall pick in the draft.

The 17-year-old Smith grew up in the same area of L.A. as Darryl Strawberry, whom Smith met today while attending the draft in Secaucus, N.J.

The Mets described Smith as a polished defensive first baseman with a lefty swing that reminds amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous of Rafael Palmeiro and Will Clark.

"That's a great compliment," Smith said. "Hopefully I can live up to it, or just live up to the best Dominic Smith I can be. And hopefully I can help the Mets win a World Series."

Smith said he admires the "beautiful left-handed swings" of Robinson Cano and Carlos Gonzalez.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mets News: ESPN's Law Predicts Mets will select 1B/OF Dominic Smith (Video) in 2013 MLB Amateur Draft


Mets News:


ESPN's Keith Law projects the Mets selecting Gardena, Calif., high school first baseman Dominic Smith with the 11th overall pick in next month's draft.


Baseball America's initial projection has the Mets selecting New Mexico first/third baseman D.J. Peterson from the University of New Mexico, but Law has Peterson off the board at No. 9 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Other draft possibilities:

Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge or "long shots" Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe or Stanford outfielder Austin Wilson.

Writes Law on Smith:

Smith is one of the best pure hitters in the high school class, showing a smooth left-handed swing with power and a plus glove at first base. When he keeps his weight back, his swing is outstanding, with great balance through contact and good hip rotation to generate power from his legs. He has quick, strong wrists, with a projectable body that should lead to very hard contact when he fills out in three or four years.

He can drift forward at the plate too early, getting his weight out over his front side before he's started his hands, losing power and struggling to control the bat head behind him. His stride is long and early, which may be part of the reason for his trouble staying back but is an easy fix in pro ball.

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