Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, "shouldn't be far behind" joining SS Amed Rosario in Queens, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.
The 22-year-old Smith, who is hitting .340 with a .394 OBP and .594 SLG with 16 HR, 33 doubes, and 72 RBI for Las Vegas, will certainly be up at some point in August, Alderson added.
Smith was the Mets' first round pick (11th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft.
The Mets traded 1B Lucas Duda last week, so a spot for Smith is already open -- assuming the team doesn't want to play Jay Bruce at first base in order to showcase him for a potential August trade.
So, what should be expected of Smith when he arrives in Flushing?
"He is an extraordinarily disciplined, calm hitter, striking out in just 13 percent of his plate appearances last year, showing an advanced two-strike approach and willingness to use the whole field," ESPN.com's Keith Law said of Smith this past winter while ranking him the 29th-best prospect in baseball.
"There's still untapped power here," Law added, "but given the progress Smith has already made in games this year, I expect 20-plus homers from him this year or next along with the same high averages and doubles totals he posted in 2015 and 2016."
Law was spot-on about Smith's high averages and doubles total and he's close to being right about Smith's untapped power, as he has already hit a career-high 16 homers.
Aside from being one of the most gifted hitters in the minors, Smith is viewed as a potential Gold Glove first baseman.
"Smith continues to show outstanding defensive ability at first, with very good footwork and excellent hands," MLB.com wrote earlier this season while naming Smith the third-best first base prospect in baseball. "With his run-producing ability showing up more consistently, he is looking more and more like the everyday first baseman the Mets saw when they drafted him."
"It really took me until this past year to get my swing in tune with my body and learn how to be a solid run-producer," Smith told MiLB.com during spring training. "It's like a game of chess: you pick your spots to do damage with the long ball. I wanted to develop and drive balls all over the field, but also play the cat-and-mouse game of picking spots to do maximum damage. In the past, I didn't do that."