Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith has had a long season between Triple-A and the majors this year, and he plans on refining his game during the offseason.
Smith, who earned the team's award for best player in the Minor League system in 2017, went 0-for-3 during the Mets' win over Atlanta on Tuesday night. Since getting called up to the big club in August, the 22-year-old has slashed .199/.250/.372 with seven homers and 22 RBIs.
"I need to come back in better shape and be more consistent," Smith said, according to the New York Daily News. "This is the first time I've played 150 games. The first time I am playing in September. This is the most I've played in my life. You definitely hit a wall, you get fatigued, you get tired mentally and physically."
Smith admits that with the number of games he's played, he's experienced more fatigue at the end of this season than he has previously in any other year. In 25 September games, Smith has hit .225 with four roundtrippers, though he is 2-for-19 over his last six games.
"It's my first time going through all of it. I didn't know how to prepare for it," Smith said. "A couple weeks ago, I was out of gas. I hit a wall, just trying to grind out these last couple days. Definitely going into next year, I know what to expect. I know how to pace myself, I know prepare for a long season."
Aside from improving his game on the field next season, the first baseman said he also wants to become a better teammate as a whole in 2018.
"I want to be more vocal and I do want to be a leader on this team but I know that I have to put more work, put in more time in," Smith said. "I just got to improve everything and improve my numbers. ... I have a lot of work to do going into next year."