Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith will start at first base and make his big-league debut when the Mets play the Phillies tonight at Citizens Bank Park, GM Sandy Alderson announced Thursday.
Smith, 22, had been hitting .330 with 16 home runs, 34 doubles, two triples, and 76 RBIs in 114 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He was recently named his Triple-A league's Player of the Month for July, during which he hit .385 (42-for-109) and led the Pacific Coast League with 28 runs scored, while ranking second in extra-base hits (21), total bases (79) and OPS (1.162).
"Smith continues to show outstanding defensive ability at first, with very good footwork and excellent hands," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo wrote earlier this season. "With his run-producing ability showing up more consistently, he is looking more and more like the everyday first baseman the Mets saw when they drafted him."