With the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected Dominic Smith, a high school position player from California. Smith was arguably arguably the best left-handed hitting player in this year’s draft. Right now, he is considered a first baseman, but he is athletic enough to possibly move to the outfield at some point.
Smith makes it three consecutive years that the Mets have used their first round pick on a high school position player, selecting Brandon Nimmo in 2011 and Gavin Cecchini in 2012. This continues the trend of general manager Sandy Alderson and the Mets front office drafting the best available player, regardless of position or age. If the Mets are going for high-end talent, then they certainly found it with Smith, who was likely the most talented player available when the Mets made their pick.
Drafting Smith gives the Mets possibly the top hitter in the high school ranks. He has an ideal blend of power and average, and a smooth swing from the left side of the plate. Defensively, he is a plus defender at first base. He also possesses a strong arm, although he rarely gets a chance to use it while playing first base. His strong arm, combined with his athleticism, gives Smith the possibility to move to a corner outfield spot at some point, although he will lose speed as he continues to fill out.
The Mets should be commended for drafting Smith. They could have made the safe pick, but instead they took the most talented player available. Smith won’t provide the Mets immediate help, but down the line they have a potential star on their hands. By adding a young and talented left-handed bat to their farm system, the Mets made a wise choice with their first pick in the 2013 draft.