Baseball America just released their Midseason Top 100 prospects, and the one thing that immediately jumps out at you is how Mets first base prospect Dominic Smith has been vaulted into the Top 50. Part of the reason for this surprise is the narrative regarding Smith’s 2017 season is that he has been somewhat disappointing.
Of course, when you look at Smith’s numbers, they certainly jump out at you. In 86 games this season, the 2013 first round draft pick is hitting .328/.380/.496 with 23 doubles, a triple, 11 homers, and 57 RBI. Despite being one of the youngest players in the league, Smith is leading the Pacific Coast League with 113 hits. He is also in the top 10 for runs, doubles, total bases, RBI, and batting average.
Much like he did last season, Smith is heating up as we enter the second half of the season. Recently, Smith enjoyed a career high 19 game hitting streak. He responded to losing that hitting streak by having a pair of multiple hit games. Since June 1st, he is hitting .333/.386/.492 with nine doubles, four homers, and 20 RBI. Like he has done every year, Smith has adapted fairly quickly to a new level, and he is beginning to hit much better.
Another player hitting much better of late is Baseball America’s number four prospect Amed Rosario. After recent struggles, Rosario is on a nine game hitting streak where he is hitting .415/.432/.537 with a double, two triples, three RBI, and three stolen bases. More importantly, for a player having some trouble with strikeouts, Rosario has only struck out three times over this nine game stretch.
Certainly, this nine game stretch has reminded us yet again why Rosario is one of the top prospects in all of baseball. It goes a long way towards explaining why he moved up one slot in Baseball America’s mid-season ranking.