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Mets: Six surprise players who could win a roster spot in Spring Training

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: The Grapefruit League logo on the third base line before a spring training game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets at First Data Field on March 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: The Grapefruit League logo on the third base line before a spring training game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets at First Data Field on March 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Dominic Smith

I already covered Dominic Smith’s outlook for this coming season in-depth in a previous post, so here is a quick rundown about what we can expect from him.

With top first base prospect Peter Alonso likely slated to being the beginning of the season in Triple-A so that the team and retain an extra year of contract control over him, as of now, Todd Frazier is likely to begin the season as the Mets’ starting first baseman.

Despite underperforming in his first two seasons with the Mets in 2017 and 2018, Smith will likely begin the season competing for a roster spot, and if he performs well enough, may platoon the beginning of the year with Frazier at first.

While the Mets have moved on from their former top first base prospect in favor of Alonso, Smith still has potential, as we saw from his strong performance in the minors in 2017 prior to his call up, where he batted an impressive .330 with a .386 OBP, along with 16 home runs and 76 RBI in 114 games with the Las Vegas 51’s.

While he has not yet performed quite to that level in the major leagues, Smith did bat .258 in September last season once he began to receive consistent playing time, showing signs that he still may be able to turn things around.

Smith has the capability of playing at both first base and left field, and currently, the Mets lack a left-handed bat off of the bench, giving the team extra incentive to give him a serious opportunity in Spring Training to try and make the team, or maybe even trade him to a team who has a need for a first baseman should he perform well enough to attract interest.

He will only be entering his third year in the majors, so the Mets will still only be paying him the league minimum and he still has a minor league option left for this season. Unless he is traded, Smith will be a member of the Mets organization next year, and as a member of the 40 man roster with some experience playing in the majors, he will likely be given a chance to break camp with the team.

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