2013 MLB Draft: New York Mets Steal Dominic Smith In First Round

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The New York Mets had trouble in the offseason trying to secure its No. 11 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. The Mets wanted to sign a free agent that was offered a qualifying offer but due to its record, New York would lose the No. 11 pick. After hearings, the ruling was made so New York would still end up losing the pick because it was unprotected if they signed someone that was made a qualifying offer.

Luckily, the Mets kept the pick because with the No. 11 pick in the draft, the Mets selected a California High School first baseman Dominic Smith.

Smith is bringing a lot of raw power with him to the Mets. Smith can play first base as well as the outfield and has reminded some baseball experts of Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz. The Mets get a guy that has the offensive skill set and a great defender. Smith is one person that can become special in time.

Right now, the Mets have Ike Davis as the starting first baseman but no one behind him just in case Davis starts to struggle some more. It is possible that, if Smith signs with the Mets, he can be up with the team in two years possibly.

If New York develops him right he could become a powerful No. 3 or No. 4 hitter in the lineup on a team that needs to start developing its players better.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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