PORT ST. LUCIE – Dominic Smith was among the first players to be cut from Mets major league camp on Saturday. The 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft, the first baseman came into his first big league camp trimmed down and ready to show off more power.
He hit .185 with a .535 OPS in 27 at-bats this spring, however.
“I thought he didn’t hit like he normally does. I think he’s always hit. The thing I was impressed most with is he came into camp in great shape. That’s impressive for a young guy,” Terry Collins said. “It probably hit me more than anything that he was willing at his age, ‘Hey, look I am going to come into camp and show everybody I can get ready to play.’
“I think he’s going to be a big league player, he’s got great hands. I do believe he’s going to hit. I always think those guys will learn how to hit the ball out of the ballpark.”
Mets brass were happy with the re-shaped physique and his work around the bag, but his offense still has room for improvement.
Smith hit .302 with 14 home runs and 91 RBI in 130 games for Double-A Binghamton last season. He is slated to play in Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
Also sent back to the minor league camp Saturday morning were left-handed pitchers P.J. Conlon and David Roseboom, right-handed pitchers Kevin McGowan, Corey Taylor and Logan Taylor, infielders Phillip Evans and Luis Guillorme and outfielder Champ Stuart.
ROSARIO PLAYS ON
The Mets top prospect was not among those sent across the backfields to the minor league complex on Saturday. Amed Rosario went 1-for-2 as the Mets were shut out by the Nationals on Saturday and will stay in camp a few more weeks splitting games with starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
“We don’t have any other shortstops in camp. When David (Wright) went down, we had to make sure Jose (Reyes) moved to third base, so those two guys are going to get all the opportunities at shortstop,” Collins said.
Rosario is hitting .280 in 25 at-bats in his first spring at big league camp. He hit .341 with 21 extra-base hits, including two home runs in 54 games at Double-A Binghamton last season.
Collins is using him this spring out of necessity, he’s seen enough to know that the 21 year old is going to be a good player.
“He’s shown me everything he needs to show. He hasn’t hit for power in camp, but I know he’s got it,” Collins said. “I saw enough balls in (batting practice) to know it’s in there. He’s got great hands, he’s got great poise on the field, he loves to play, great energy, he’s gonna be a good player. He’s just got to go out and do what all great players do; that’s go out and play 140 games in the coast league and put up huge numbers.
“If somebody gets hurt, you know you’ve got a pretty good looking prospect waiting in the wings.”
The Mets will face the Nationals 19 times this season, but with their National League East rivals having moved into their new spring training complex 45 minutes south in West Palm Beach, the Mets will see them five times this spring as well. With the Marlins in Jupiter, the closest to First Data Field, the Mets play them eight times.
Collins isn’t worried about playing division rivals too much this spring.
“There is so much information out there. There is so much tape on all these guys. We got everything we need to know about the Nationals. They have the same thing on us,” Collins said. “It’s getting in shape and knowing what you’ve got to do, because when the bright lights come on the game changes.”
Published at Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:35:14 +0000