Dominic Smith Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 239 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/15/1995 (26)
Dominic Smith Season Stats
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Dominic Smith News
New York Mets first baseman/outfielder will get his first start of the season Saturday against the Washington Nationals, according to MLB.com. He will play first base and bat sixth. Smith appeared in last night's game as a pinch hitter, striking out in his only at-bat. Last season, the 26-year-old had a difficult time at the plate, slashing .244/.304/.363 with 11 HRs over 145 games, a season after he managed a .993 OPS. However, it was later revealed that Smith dealt with a torn labrum, so he'll look to bounce back with a healthy campaign. As it stands, he won't play every day but should still see plenty of playing time, especially against left-handers, whom he hit .312 against in 2021.
New York Mets first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith (shoulder) played with a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder last season. Smith also dealt with a right wrist strain and a groin issue in 2021, but through it all, he still managed to play in 145 games. After his shoulder injury, he wasn't the same hitter after being one of the league's best hitters in 2020 with a .316/.377/.616 slash line, 10 home runs and 42 RBI. Smith hit just .244/.304/.363 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI last year. The left-handed hitter developed poor habits while overcompensating for his various injuries. The 27-year-old thinks he's healed now and made it a point to strengthen his lower body this year. It's something to watch in 2022, but if he's truly past his injuries, Smith should be able to bounce back for the Mets.
New York Mets first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith has come off the bereavement list, in time for Monday's game against the Washington Nationals. In a corresponding move, the Mets have optioned catcher Chance Sisco. Smith has had a subpar year thus far, slashing .247/.307/.365 with 11 HRs, 55 RBI, and 41 runs across 125 games. The lack of production has been surprising, given the .937 OPS he put up over 2019 and 2020. There's no reason to play Smith in any league, as he provides little value across the board and won't get everyday playing time as a result.
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.