May 2, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; A bat and a baseball and a batting glove on the turf field during batting practice before the Toronto Blue Jays game against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Draft 1B Dominic Smith with the 11th Overall Pick


With the 11th overall pick in this year’s amateur player draft, the Mets selected first baseman Dominic Smith from Junipero Serra High School in California.

The lefty hitting Smith is a smallish first baseman (6’0″) with room to grow, who is seen as a very good defender who will stick at the position.  He was viewed as one of the best prep bats in this year’s draft.  After the Mets selected him, Jim Callis referred to him as perhaps the best overall bat in the draft.

Smith, who will turn 18 on June 15th and grew up in the same area of Los Angeles as Mets great Darryl Strawberry , was present at the draft tonight and donned a Mets jersey while he was interviewed by Sam Ryan of the MLB Network.  Here’s what he had to say:

I’m lost for words.  This is a great honor and opportunity, and i can’t wait to get out there…David Wright is a hall of fame potential player, Matt Harvey is a great young guy, and hopefully I can come up and help the team out.

Here’s what Jonathan Mayo had to say about Smith prior to the draft:

Very solid defender at first, though it’s the fact that some see him as the best pure high school hitter in the class that will get him drafted in the early stages.

The Mets were said to be interested in the two top prep outfielders from Georgia, Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows.  However, they were gone before the Mets picked.  Frazier went fifth to Cleveland, and Meadows went ninth to Pittsburgh. DJ Peterson and Hunter Renfroe, two players the Mets were also linked to, were both available at 11.

Peterson was the name that had picked up steam today as being the player the Mets would select, but they opted to go with Smith.  The pick is being lauded by most of the experts.  Here’s some reaction from twitter:

 

 

 

Those tweets all make me excited about Smith’s potential, but Gammons’ one stood out for me.  Since the new regime took over, they’ve taken three very high character guys with their first overall selection (Brandon Nimmo in 2011, Gavin Cecchini in 2012, and Dominic Smith this year).

After making their pick, the Mets hosted a conference call with reporters.  As transcribed by Adam Rubin,  here’s some of what they had to say regarding Smith…

Scouting Director Tommy Tanous:

We felt going back to last spring, into the summer, that this was one of the most advanced high school hitters that you’ll find.  The fact that he bats left-handed is even nicer. You don’t find a swing like this every year. We feel like we put a very offensive player and defensive player into the system. I’ve been scouting 18 years. I don’t think I’ve seen a first baseman play as an amateur that plays this kind of defense. This a well-rounded player — it’s hit and power and it’s a middle-of-the-order bat.

Paul DePodesta:

There’s no doubt in our my mind he could go out and play the outfield, but we think he’s a special defender at first base… It will always be an option if it needs to be at some point. But he has a chance to impact the game defensively at first base, and we think that’s actually one of his pluses.

 

Welcome to the Mets, Dominic!

 

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  • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

    So much for previews – I wrote why waste time drafting a first baseman considering even Joey Votto was drafted in the 2nd round, and secondly, that I preferred they draft a college player this year with their first pick. Oh well. Welcome to the Mets Dominic! Perhaps I’ll see you in Brooklyn this season.

  • ceraunograph

    He should be ready to contribute by the time Harvey is 30 and Wright is in the twilight of his career. I thought we were rebuilding, not passing the buck. Seems like a great kid, but not somebody who is going to help us anytime soon. And if he doesn’t grow a couple inches and bulk up, we’re looking at James Loney 2.0. I’d have much rather had Peterson, similar profile but could be starting in 2015. Just shows that the Wilpons don’t want to spend money on a kid who could be in the bigs so soon. Smith won’t be in line for a big deal for a decade-exactly what the front office is banking on. Good kid, but drafted for all the wrong reasons.