Dominic Smith Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 239 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/15/1995 (28)
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Dominic Smith News
Washington Nationals first baseman Dominic Smith is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants. The left-handed slugger will sit this one out against left-hander Alex Wood. The Nationals will play matchups and have right-handed Michael Chavis cover first base and bat seventh on Friday. Also, Stone Garrett will play left field and bat sixth with Corey Dickerson sitting this game out. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups accordingly.
Washington Nationals first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith (quadriceps) said he's fine after being hit by a pitch on the outside of his right quad just above his knee in a Grapefruit League game on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Smith said he would have fought to stay in the game if it was in the regular season. The 27-year-old should be considered day-to-day for now, but he could be back in a spring training game as soon as Wednesday. Smith hit just .194/.276/.284 with a career-low .560 OPS, no home runs, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored in his final season with the New York Mets in 2022 in 58 games played. He had some bad luck, though, and a rebound could be coming in a regular role at first base in 2023 with Washington.
Free-agent first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith is reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals, per a tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday. The New York Post's Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $2 million guaranteed and can reach up to $4 million with incentives. The 27-year-old previously appeared in 58 games for the New York Mets last season, hitting .194 with a .276 on-base percentage in 152 plate appearances. He hit .284 with a .367 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and four stolen bases in 248 plate appearances for New York's Triple-A affiliate last season. As of now, Washington's current options at first base include Joey Meneses and Jeimer Candelario.
First baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith broke out in 2020 by posting a .316/.377/.616 line, 10 home runs, 42 RBI, a 0.993 OPS, and a 1.7 WAR. He finished tied for second in the National League with 32 extra-base hits and second overall in the majors with 21 doubles. In addition, his .616 slugging percentage was fourth best in the National League. Smith's season was even more impressive considering the Mets utilized him in a part-time role for the first two weeks of the short season. His breakout was supported by metrics that included a 46.7% overall hard-hit rate, a 13.3% overall barrel rate, a 94.9 mph exit velocity on FB/LD, and an elite .304 xBA and .568 xSLG. In addition, the percentage of 100 mph fly balls Smith hit increased by 9.2% in 2020 and the average exit velocity on his top-5% hardest-hit balls in the air was 107.7 mph. These metrics all suggest Smith's increased contact and power was legitimate. The main question for Smith in 2021 will be playing time. If the NL implements the designated hitter, Smith should be locked in as a lineup regular for the Mets, either in left field, first base (when Pete Alonso is DH) or at DH. If, however, the NL opts out of the universal DH, Smith's playing time could be impacted. He would still likely start most days in left field but could find himself out of or removed from the lineup more frequently for defensive purposes. As a regular, Smith can potentially return 30-plus HR, and 80-90 RBI (with some slight regression in batting average) over the course of a full 162-game season for those drafting him around pick 91.