The beneficiary of the Mets releasing the struggling Adrian Gonzalez will be Dominic Smith, who will get the call from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday's game against the Braves in Atlanta.
That the Mets opted for the lefty-hitting Smith over the righty-hitting Peter Alonso (currently slugging .567 for Double-A Binghamton) isn't a surprise, but it should at least pave the way for Alonso to get promoted to Triple-A.
But let's get back to Smith, who is hitting just .260/.343/.370 with two HR and 16 doubles in the hitters haven that is the Pacific Coast League.
Smith hit just .198/.262/.395 in 49 games with the Mets last season during what was his first taste of the majors, but he did hit nine home runs in those 49 games -- a sign that the power will be there.
Now, it's up to Smith to show he can put it all together at the big league level.
Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |
You all know I have been team Dominic Smith since last year. I was not a fan of the offseason move of getting Adrian Gonzalez for a plethora of reasons. I kind of warmed up to him when he hit that grand slam against the Nationals earlier this season, but this has been a long time coming. Smith is getting a second chance. And I am excited to see what he can do.
Things needed to be shaken up, and this is the first step.
I want to see what Smith can do at first base, especially after his offseason training and his past couple of months in the minors. Do I think he's going to come up and be flawless -- the opposite of last season? Of course not. But Gonzalez was not getting the job done. Hopefully Smith was watching, and is ready to prove himself.
The Mets -- the third-oldest team in the majors -- need more young blood, and Smith's call-up to the majors is a good start.