Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017mfcROOKIES-Dominic Smith & Wuilmer Becerra

 I made a METset in 2012 but I don't think
 I shared any of that stuff online.

On December 17, 2012, the New York Mets traded Catcher Josh Thole, Mike Nickeas, and Pitcher R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays for Catcher John Buck,  Pitcher Noah Syndergaard, Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, and Outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.

Look at the names in that trade! Goodbye Josh Thole, who caught our first no hitter. Nickeas, who had a sweet swing and at least looked good. And R.A. Dickey, who only just gave us a season for the ages in 2012 when he climbed the mountain that led to the Cy Young Award.

And we get John Buck, who really wanted to be a home run slugger and kinda was. His 15 kaBOOMs was more than I was expecting, and some big ones too.

We thought d'Arnaud was the prize but the jury is still out on him. I think he can be a double hitting machine that hopefully can carry his weight behind the plate as well. He has much to prove, but we saw some of his potential before he started messing with his batting stance. He was even tweaking his wrist on throws to second, and that was just unneeded movement. I think he will find his stance and his groove. He'll have to work hard on his defense and stamina, two weaknesses.

Who else did we get? I forget...OH! Only Noah Syndergaard, one of the top 5 pitchers in the game ( yes, I went there. I'll even put deGrom in that top 5!). Noah will start opening day and I couldn't have a more confident feeling than I do now. That may all change 2 innings in on Monday, but that's baseball. Back to my point, WE GOT THOR!

And he's got a new pitch!
And we also got Wuilmer Becerra, of who I know little and have
heard less about. I hope that's about to change. Becerra was assigned to Gulf Coast League Mets upon his arrival to Mets but began his career with the Kingsport Mets in 2014.
The Mets added him to their 40-man roster after the 2016 season.

The card above is a 2014Mets360 Dominic Smith, made by request back in '14. Seems like yesterday.
So Smith has been a long time coming, but I do expect to see him up this season. 

Dominic Smith was selected by the Mets with the eleventh overall selection of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft out of Junípero Serra High School in Gardena, California. He was assigned to the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League for the 2015 season. He bats and throws left-handed.

Smith was tabbed as one of the top prospects for the 2013 draft when he committed to attend the University of Southern California, where he would have played college baseball for the USC Trojans.

The Mets selected Smith in the first round, with the eleventh overall selection, of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. Upon signing with the Mets, the Mets assigned Smith to the Gulf Coast Mets of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL), where he batted .287 with three home runs and 22 runs batted in (RBIs) in 48 games. He was subsequently promoted to the Kingsport Mets of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, where he recorded four doubles in six at bats. At season's end, Baseball America named Smith as the 4th best prospect in the GCL for 2013. He spent the entire 2014 season with the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A South Atlantic League. With just one home run, 44 RBIs and 77 strikeouts in 461 at bats, Smith fell way short of expectations.

Smith got off to slow start with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL) in 2015. He batted .143 with one double in his first sixteen games, and was 0-for-22 to start May. On May 12, Smith got his first extra base hit since Opening Day with a double against the Tampa Yankees. The 3-for-5 performance signaled a turn around for Smith, who compiled a sixteen-game hitting streak to raise his batting average to .260. For the month of June, Smith batted .352 with a FSL-leading 38 hits and 51 total bases. He also had the second most RBIs and fifth most runs scored to earn FSL Player of the Month honors. The hot hitting continued; Smith ended the season with a .305/.354/.417 slashline, and a career high six home runs. He led the league with 79 RBIs and 33 doubles on his way to being named FSL Player of the Year.

In 2016, Smith played for the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League, where he posted a .302 batting average with 14 home runs and 91 RBI's. He played in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game. The Mets assigned Smith to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League to start the 2017 season.

mfcNOTE: All the Dominic Smith stuff was ripped right from his WIKI page. I know, shame on me. ;)

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