Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith had a breakout year in 2015, winning the Florida State League Player of the Year award in 2015 after hitting .305/.354/.417 with six home runs and 79 RBI in 118 games with Single-A St. Lucie.
But he missed time at the end of the season with a shoulder injury, and so he headed to the Arizona Fall League to pick up some extra at-bats and additional playing time at first base.
And his impressive run continued in the desert.
Smith was named an Arizona Fall League Fall-Star, but was unable to play in the league’s All-Star Game after suffering a muscle strain which caused him to miss 14 days of action this month.
Still, Smith posted impressive all-around numbers in the AFL, hitting .362/.483/.511 with four doubles, a home run and six RBI with 12 walks and ten strikeouts in 47 at-bats.
Those marks were good enough for Smith to be named to the All-AFL team in 2015 at first base.
“Smith picked up in the AFL where he left off in the Florida State League, making consistently loud contact and barreling the ball to from line to line,” Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com writes. “The 20-year-old’s approach supports the numbers, too, as he’s extremely patient and willing to take a walk but also is comfortable hitting in any count and seldom expands his zone. Meanwhile, Smith’s defense at first base drew rave reviews throughout the fall.”
Smith, 20, is listed as the Mets fifth-best prospect, according to MLB.com. He will likely begin the 2016 season with Double-A Binghamton.