Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith is hitting just .161 with a .186 OBP, three home runs and six RBI during his 59 at-bats in the majors, but he and the Mets are not worried.
"I am a pretty slow starter," Smith recently said, according to the NY Post. "It normally takes me a month to get stuff going. ... It's a new league. You have to get used to the pitchers. You have to get used to the umpires. You have to get used to pretty much everything: playing in front of 40,000 people. It's a way bigger game than it is at the other levels, and every level I have been to takes a little adjustment period."
In 114 games this year in Triple-A, Smith hit .330 with 16 home runs and 76 RBI. He hit 14 home runs in Double-A the entire previous season.
"He's trying to hit every ball as hard as he can and he just has to go up there and try to be the kind of offensive player he was, because this kid hits," Terry Collins said this past weekend. "I am not worried about home runs. I am worried about him getting hits."
Smith, 22, entered August ranked the organization's top prospect and the league's best first base prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America.