Former first-round pick Dominic Smith hasn’t quite panned out as the New York Mets had hoped when they drafted him. Rather than drafting him, the Mets may have been more fortunate selecting these three current stars.
Originally selected 11th overall by the New York Mets in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Dominic Smith was touted as New York’s first baseman of the future leading up to his major league debut in 2017.
After producing at a high level in the minor leagues, Smith was called up to the Mets to take over as the starting first baseman in August of 2017. However, Smith failed to replicate his success at the major league level, and after a messy 2018 season, along with the rise of fellow first base prospect Pete Alonso through the Mets minor league system, he appears to have fallen out of favor.
While Smith is still young and is currently having a strong showing with New York this Spring Training, Alonso looks to be the favorite to take the reins at first base for the Mets going forward, meaning that Smith’s role with the team is currently in limbo.
With Alonso most likely to begin the season in Triple-A to begin the season in order for the Mets to retain an extra year of contract control over him, and Todd Frazier currently recovering from an injury, Smith has a very good chance of beginning the season in the majors and possibly being the Opening Day first baseman.
Once Alonso is called up, however, depending on how he performs to that point, Smith will either be relegated to a bench role or be sent down to the minors.
The Mets obviously hoped to get more out of him when they first drafted him six years ago, and with the benefit of hindsight, there have been several other players that were selected after Smith who have established themselves in the major leagues, whom the Mets may have been better off picking instead.
Here are four players the Mets could have taken over Dominic Smith in the 2013 MLB Draft.