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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 22: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets celebrates his solo home run in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants on August 22, 2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Dominic Smith

Once a highly-regarded prospect, Dominic Smith has had trouble staying in the big leagues. When he is there, at-bats have been hard to find. Due to a roster crunch, it may not get any easier this year.

Smith has, thus far, been a disappointment and I expect 2019 to be no different for him. Because the Mets have stacked their infield, I do not even believe that Smith will be the team’s starting first baseman come Opening Day. I anticipate him to become an emergency utility player. – Leen Amin

Is it possible to have no expectations for a player? Dominic Smith will barely see playing time this year. In fact, I could see him get traded. He may have a good year at Syracuse, but while with the Mets, I don’t see anything to change our opinion of him. – Tim Boyle

Smith will get some playing time here and there at the beginning of the season. But, once Alonso is called up, Van Wagenen will look to trade him. – Nick Scheurer

Smith is one of the team’s most interesting hitting prospects. The former 11th pick in the draft has been inconsistent since his debut in 2017. He is a low average power hitter that desperately needs to improve his ability to make contact. – Allen Settle

There isn’t much room for Smith on the roster due to the infield depth. He will spend some time in AAA to work on hitting, and he may come back as a pinch-hit specialist. – Mark Sales

I do think Dominic Smith has potential to at least be an effective bench player in the big leagues. Unfortunately, it won’t be with the Mets. I believe he will get traded either during Spring Training or sometime during the year. He should spend the majority of 2019 in Triple-A. – Steve Malik

Dom will start the year as a first base option but be swapped for Alonso before the summer. I’d expect he is dealt at the deadline as the Mets make a run toward October. – Kevin Strauss

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