Smith went 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and four RBI for Triple-A Las Vegas in Monday's loss to Salt Lake.
The sweet-swinging lefty's now hit safely in 19 straight games for the 51s, pushing his slash line on the season to .325/.380/.485. Smith remains the Mets' first baseman of the future, a future which could begin as soon as 2018.
Smith, 22, is hitting .316/.367/.463 with seven home runs and 41 RBI through 67 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Smith has hit over .300 in each of the past three seasons in the minors, though he does not have standout power for a first baseman. With Lucas Duda currently jacking dingers at the big league level, Smith will remain at Triple-A for the time being. That being said, Duda will be a free agent after this season, so Smith could end up as the starting first baseman for the Mets as early as the beginning of 2018.
Smith, 21, is hitting .315/.367/.468 with three home runs and a 20:9 K:BB in 120 plate appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas.
For the third season in a row, Smith's batting average sits above .300 and his strikeout rate sits below 17 percent. He is a very advanced hitter for his age, and should continue to post excellent numbers in the hitter-friendly home ballpark in Las Vegas and the generally high-scoring environments throughout the Pacific Coast League. Unless Lucas Duda suffers a very significant injury, it seems likely that Smith will spend the bulk of the season at Triple-A, however, he could assume the starting duties after Duda presumably leaves in free agency this winter.
Smith went 4-for-6 with a home run, three RBI and four runs scored in Triple-A Las Vegas' rout of Fresno on Tuesday.
The homer was his first at the level, but as expected, Smith is enjoying hitting in the friendly parks of the Pacific Coast League, slashing .440/.462/.680 through his first six games this season. In a loaded lineup that also includes top Mets prospects Amed Rosario and Gavin Cecchini, the 21-year-old first baseman could finally put up numbers in 2017 that seem worthy of his sweet swing and prospect pedigree.
While he hit only .185 in 27 at-bats, Smith made a good first impression on manager Terry Collins. "I thought he didn't hit like he normally does. I think he's always hit. The most thing I was impressed with is he came into camp in great shape. That's impressive for a young guy," Collins said. "It probably hit me more than anything that he was willing at his age. 'Hey look I am going to come into camp and show everybody I can get ready to play.' I think he's going to be a big league player. He's got great hands. I do think, I do believe he's going to hit. I always think those guys will learn how to hit the ball out of the ballpark." Smith is still only 21, but if his power stroke continues to develop at Triple-A Las Vegas this season, don't be surprised if he makes his big league debut sometime in the second half.
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