Mets 1B Dominic Smith is confident that his new, slimmed-down frame could help him hit more home runs this season.
"I know I have more power than I had last year," Smith said, per the New York Post. "I worked on my swing, too, so I actually improved my mechanics and that is going to help me elevate the ball easier."
Smith lost roughly 30 pounds during the off-season following his first stint in the major leagues. The 22-year-old hit just .198 but had nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 big-league games last season.
"I have more whip through the zone instead of being slow through the zone," Smith said. "I think that will help me catch up to higher velocity and help me control my body so when I get out there on my front foot I can stay back (with his hands) and not get out there too early."
Although the Mets signed veteran 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Smith recently told Kevin Davidoff of the New York Post that he expects to compete for the starting job at first base.
"I'm definitely ready to still go out and still battle for a spot," Smith said. "He's definitely a great player and a great commodity of the league, but I definitely don't want to fold because of that reason. I want to show the Mets that I am here and I want to be the future first baseman for years to come, and I worked my butt off."