Dominic Smith had a rough year for the New York Mets in 2018. What do his best and worst case scenarios look like in 2019?
Smith was unfairly used at times. Rather than allow him to play first base and concentrate on hitting, Smith shifted to the outfield often and barely got enough at-bats to improve. At the first signs of bad defense, he moved back to the bench.
The season ended with Smith batting .224/.255/.420 with 5 home runs and 11 RBI in 149 plate appearances. Finding anything positive to say about him would be a waste of time. It was a struggle to watch him play.
The fault doesn’t all fall squarely on Smith. As I said, the Mets didn’t use him properly.
For Smith to receive few plate appearances in 2018 than he did in 2017 is a step in the wrong direction. Any chance of him getting a boost of confidence was wasted.
And for what? So Austin Jackson could play center field?
Smith’s potential remains unclear at this point in his career. Up until his MLB debut in 2017, he looked on track to become a high-average doubles hitter. Now, he looks like a fraction of that.
I’m one of many not ready to give up on Smith yet. He turns 24 next summer, showing how much time he really does have left to turn things around. However, it’s imperative he does so quickly. There’s only so much patience any organization can have before moving on completely. As you’ll see in my best and worst case scenarios, time may be running out; at least in Queens.