Mets 1B/OF Dominic Smith will spend his offseason playing in the Dominican Winter League for Toros del Este, according to Newsday's Tim Healey.
Smith will continue working on his outfield skills, as he noted that's where he will mostly play. The Mets have been testing him there between Triple-A and the big club all season long.
The 23-year-old is excited for this opportunity, especially after hearing from past players about the league.
"I've heard nothing but great things about playing winter ball," Smith said. "Everybody who goes always tells me they had a great time."
Manager Mickey Callaway not only loves Smith getting extra reps this winter, but the league's heated competition is a great environment for a young prospect as well.
"On thing that you really get when you go play winter ball is, it is cutthroat," Callaway said. "Every game you have to win. It's a must-win situation, and you get more and more experience playing in games where you might get released the next day if you don't perform.
"And I think there's value to that. It's tought to go play winter ball. There's great players and there's a lot of pressure."
Smith will certainly hope to see better results in the Winter League compared to this season. He owns a .200/.229/.375 slash line with two homers and three RBI over 33 games in a Mets uniform.
Despite the struggles, Smith believes he has the mindset to play in this league. He thanks playing in the Big Apple for that.
"I've played in the big leagues, I've played in New York, I've made mistakes in New York," Smith said. "So I guess it'll definitely be like that, maybe not as intense. I've heard that they do get rowdy out there and they will cut you if you don't start off hot. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."