With their major-league outfield emaciated at the moment, the New York Mets have their 2013 first-round draft pick, Dominic Smith (a first-baseman by trade), getting some game reps in the outfield tonight in Tacoma.
As per Mike Curto, the Tacoma Rainiers radio broadcaster, Smith is starting in right field for the Las Vegas 51’s tonight. This is Smith’s first career start at any position other than first base.
Smith entered major league camp this spring down about 28 pounds to 222 and has slimmed down even more during the season to roughly 215 pounds.
In 127 at-bats with Las Vegas this season, the 22-year-old Los Angeles native is slashing .291/.396/.441 with two home runs, 17 runs batted in, 11 doubles and a triple. He struck out in his only (completed) at-bat after being called up last weekend to take Jay Bruce‘s spot on the Mets roster.
With Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list and Juan Lagares expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his big toe, the Mets clearly need another body in the mix. The team currently does not have any other outfielders on their 40-man roster.
The Mets also have one of the hottest prospects in all of baseball in Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso. His 217 wRC+ is second in the minor leagues and he has little left to prove offensively at Double-A.