Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith entered September in a 7-for-50 slump, batting just .140 with only three extra base hits in 15 games.
However, during 10 games and 42 plate appearances during September, Smith is batting .289 with a .357 OBP, two home runs, three doubles, and eight RBI.
"My whole career I've always started slow, so it didn't bother me," Smith recently said, according to the Bergen Record. "I'm good enough to play at this level, I know I belong, and if I continue to stick to the process and stick to my approach of hitting the ball hard, things will continue to turn around."
"He's a young guy and he's got a lot to learn, so, just let him play and don't let him get too down about having an 0-for-6. It happens to everybody," manager Terry Collins said Tuesday.
Smith had just a .140 batting average on balls in play during his August slump. However, during his September turnaround, he's batting .391 on balls he puts in play.
"I've found a couple holes," Smith acknowledged. "I had been hitting the ball hard, but right at people. It finally feels nice to find a couple of holes."
Aug 20, 2017; Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
In July, the Mets traded veteran 1B Lucas Duda to the Rays for pitching prospect Drew Smith, shortly after which Smith was promoted from Triple-A. At the time of his promotion, he was considered the organization's top prospect in the minor leagues and the top first base prospect in baseball.
Since joining the Mets on Aug. 10, he has started 28 of out of 33 games at first base.
"It's not often when young guys can walk into a situation where there is no pressure on how they have to perform," Smith added. "For me to be in this situation where it's more about my development than my performance, it's awesome. I get to learn every day and not be worried or stressed out. Take every at-bat for what it is and gain knowledge and experience and take it all with me into next year."