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Mets to promote first baseman prospect Dominic Smith on Friday

By JT. Teran
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Dominic Smith
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Dominic Smith /

The “Big Diesel” has finally been called up and will be on the Mets roster on Friday in Philadelphia

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met with the media prior to Thursday night’s opening game of their series in Philadelphia and shared some news that should make fans very happy. The organization’s no. 2 prospect, first baseman Dominic Smith, will be arriving in Philadelphia on Friday, and should be making his debut with the club.

As the second best prospect in the Mets’ farm system, Smith’s promotion is going to be met with excitement. He’s been absolutely tearing the ball in Triple-A Las Vegas, so his call-up is well deserved.

This season, Smith has hit .330 with an on-base percentage of .386, and a slugging percentage of .519. He’s also hit 16 home runs this year – a new career high – and has driven in 76 runners.

Granted, offensive numbers in the Pacific Coast League are usually inflated, but Smith’s offensive talent should not be underestimated. Like with Rosario, it’ll likely take Smith some time to get adjusted to the speed and pace of the game at the major league level, but that’s exactly why getting him up here these last six weeks of the season is so crucial.

The 22-year-old Smith is also a great defensive first baseman which should be an added benefit to this Mets squad. After trading away Lucas Duda, the Mets have been playing a couple of guys at first that are out of position, like Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker. With the addition of Smith, this corner of the infield should be officially locked down.

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As mentioned before, Smith will join his Las Vegas 51s’ teammate Amed Rosario in the bigs. The two have played well together and will surely be a positive influence in this next level for each other.

Now that we got our guys up, it’s time to get to work. It doesn’t matter how far out of it the Mets are right now, let’s finish the year strong.