Smith went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks. They were his first big-league extra-base hits this year, and Smith now has a strong .308/.357/.615 slash line in five games since his promotion. The Mets will give the 23-year-old every chance to establish himself at first base, but if he struggles, top prospect Peter Alonso -- who just got promoted to Triple-A -- is looming behind him.
Smith was called up as expected Tuesday and will bat seventh against the Braves, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic New York reports. The Mets finally removed the obstacle in front of Smith, releasing Adrian Gonzalez on Sunday. Smith didn't do a whole lot in the minors to suggest he'll be a great fantasy option, though, hitting an uninspiring .260/.343/.370 despite playing in a hitter's paradise at Triple-A Las Vegas. The job may not his for long, as Peter Alonso is crushing the ball to the tune of a .310/.441/.567 line for Double-A Binghamton.
Smith will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. Smith is set to join the major-league squad after hitting .262 with two homers and 25 RBI at Triple-A through 55 games this season. He figures to see playing time at first base after the Mets released Adrian Gonzalez on Sunday.
Smith will play some right field for Triple-A Las Vegas, David Lennon of Newsday reports. The move seems to be more about who's behind Smith than who's in front of him. Right fielder Jay Bruce is likely to be a bigger roadblock than first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but Smith no longer looks like the top first baseman in the Mets' system with Peter Alonso crushing the ball to the tune of a .355/.486/.659 line for Double-A Binghamton. Trying Smith out in right field suggests that the Mets now view his likely role as a bench bat who starts occasionally at first base and corner outfield.
Smith was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas following Sunday's game against the Phillies, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The Mets have an off-day Monday, and Jay Bruce is going to come off the paternity list prior to Tuesday's game, so sending Smith down now allows him to rejoin Las Vegas a day early. He went 0-for-1 and didn't get a start in two games with the big club. While Smith will be an option the next time the Mets need to summon a bench bat, Peter Alonso is on the verge of passing him on the organizational depth chart with his scorching performance at Double-A Binghamton.
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