Dominic Smith Named 4th Best Prospect In Gulf Coast League

By Danny Abriano

Baseball America recently released its ranking of the top prospects who played in the GCL this season, and Dominic Smith of the Mets was ranked #4.

Jun 12, 2013; Gardena, CA, USA; Gardena Serra first baseman Dominic Smith poses at portrait session at Serra High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Smith, an 18 year old first baseman, was drafted 11th overall by the Mets this past June.

In 194 plate appearances this season for the GCL (Rookie League) Mets, Smith hit .288 with a .387 OBP and .411 slugging percentage.  He hit 3 home runs, drove in 22 runs, and scored 22.

After the GCL season ended, Smith was promoted to the Kingsport Mets for the postseason.  In his very brief stint with Kingsport, Smith had 4 hits (all doubles) in 8 plate appearances, and drew 2 walks.

Ben Badler, one of the national writers for Baseball America, noted that Smith has a “sweet swing, good bat speed,” and “pitch recognition.”  Badler also said that Smith has gold glove upside at first base, and the potential to be a “plus hitter” with above average power.

It’s unclear where Smith will open next season, but it’s likely that he’ll play in extended spring training before joining either Kingsport (Rookie League) or Brooklyn (Short Season A ball) when their seasons begin.  The Mets could also get ultra aggressive and start Smith with Savannah (Low-A).

Smith is currently in Port St. Lucie playing in the Instructional League.

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