New York Mets fans haven’t been happy with the performance of Dominic Smith. His poor big league career is similar to a prospect for the Philadelphia Phillies, Domonic Brown.
A few years ago, a similarly named player was coming up through the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. His name, Domonic Brown.
Unlike Smith, Brown was a far more athletic player. The lefty-hitting outfielder was often regarded as a top prospect in all of baseball. The Phillies thought he would fit in nicely in the next era of Philadelphia baseball.
Well, things didn’t go too well for him.
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Brown started slowly before having a really good first-half of 2013. The performance was good enough to land him on the All-Star team. Unfortunately, this was the last we saw of Brown in any major role.
The following year, Brown reverted back to hitting below .250 and posting below-average power numbers. Once considered untouchable in the team’s farm system, Brown hasn’t played in MLB since 2015 when he was just 27.
Smith has never been the type of prospect Brown was. While Mets fans appreciated him when he was climbing up the ranks, the national stage never fell head over heels in love with him. This is partly because big league first baseman are often players who have failed at other positions and lack a bit of athleticism. When a guy is a first baseman in the minor leagues, he’s quite limited already.
In his time with the Mets, Smith has yet to find any hint of consistency. The power numbers he put up in 2017 were nice to see but hardly enough to keep him around with a sub-.200 batting average. I do think he deserves another chance. His employer seems to believe differently.
Plain-named Doms have had a rough decade in the National League East.
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Sadly, for the one currently playing for the Mets organization, he may never get a full shot.