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Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: DOMINIC SMITH 1B NEW YORK METS

Just a little more than a week after the New York Mets called up top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario to the big league club, the team will now promote top first base prospect Dominic Smith to make his MLB debut on Friday.  While not in the same tier as Rosario in terms of universal acclaim in the prospect community, Smith still is a former first round pick by the team (11th overall) back in 2013 and has had a big 2017 campaign at Triple-A with the bat.  While Smith's numbers do have to be taken with a bit of grain of salt given the PCL environment, they still are very impressive nonetheless:

.330
16 HR
76 RBI
77 R
1 SB

A .300 average and 16 home runs looked very potent no matter where they are accomplished and so Smith should be added where available when it comes to fantasy baseball.  Ultimately his overall stock will be determined by how much power he hits away from the PCL environment which is up for debate.  Still at the age of 22, Smith has more filling out to do and more power to add.  Also Smith really can handle the bat as he has hit .305, .302, and .330 the last three seasons in the minors.  He walks at a nice clip (7.8 BB/9) and Smith's strikeout rare (17.4 K/9) checks out as well.  So while he may not hit for the power he has shown in the minors initially, Smith has a very smooth swing that should pile up the hits and boost the average, runs, and RBI.  Overall a decent prospect to invest in the rest of the season.


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