Update: Smith officially signed his contract with the Mets, worth $2.6 million. Here's a photo of him signing his deal in Port St. Lucie.
The 18-year-old Smith is a first baseman out of high school in California and was the 11th overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Mets are allotted $2,840,300 for their first-round pick, so Smith's deal comes in slightly underslot.
Smith turned 18 on Saturday.
Last week, MetsBlog contributor Robert Brender talked with Smith about draft night, talking with David Wright and developing his swing and size in advance of a big-league career...
Rob Brender: What’s this experience been like?
Dominic Smith: This experience for me has been great. It has only been a blessing from the skies. Me and my family are very thankful for this opportunity that the Mets gave to us. We’re just happy. We’re just taking it all in, one step at a time, and trying to enjoy each moment. For me this is like a dream come true, and I’m just happy to be a Met.
Robert Brender: Let’s talk about draft night specifically. You’re there, in New Jersey, at MLB Network Studios, studio 42. You’re there with some of your fellow high school players as well, waiting to get drafted. Bud Selig calls your name as the eleventh pick. What was that like?
Dominic Smith: Unbelievable. It seems so surreal and unreal to me. It’s amazing, and it’s crazy and I just thank God. I’m glad the Mets gave me this opportunity because it’s something that doesn’t come around too often. It’s something that’s really a gift. I’m going to just take it in. I’m going to have fun and I’m going to make the most of my opportunity. And one day, hopefully in a couple years, I’ll be in the big leagues and helping the Mets win the World Series.
Robert Brender: What did David Wright have to say to you last week at Citi Field?
Dominic Smith: David Wright just told me, “Take it one day at a time,” and don’t put too much pressure on myself and have fun. He said we’re playing a kids’ game and it’s meant to be fun. And he keeps telling me just to work hard, and that’s what’s really going to separate us. It’s the work you put in. He told me to just put in more work than everybody else down there, and to just have fun and to make the most of your opportunity. Because it doesn’t come too often.
Robert Brender: You got to put the jersey on as well. You took some batting practice. You even hit a home run out of Citi Field on your last swing. What was that like?
Dominic Smith: It was great. It was a great feeling. The guys treated me like I was one of theirs already. They took me in open arms, and I enjoyed myself there. After the home run they wrote on it and they put it on my bag in my locker. They put “first BP home run.” Hopefully that’s the first of many there.
Robert Brender: The scouts rave about your swing. They say it’s real smooth and you have some pretty good pop. Trying to develop that power over time is going to be part of the process as well, isn’t it?
Dominic Smith: It’s an everyday process. Just working out, working hard and getting bigger. Every day I have to get bigger and stronger. And with the right nutrition and the right strength and conditioning programs, there’s no way I’m not going to get bigger and stronger. Add in that with my swing and the power numbers will come. I’m just ready to start everything. To start the whole process so I can get that much closer to making it there.
Robert Brender is a broadcaster for Long Beach State Men’s Basketball, host of Your 49er Insider and guest contributor to MetsBlog.com and MetsMinorLeagueBlog.com.