Originally posted on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 6/7/13
There are a lot of things you can make of the Mets’ selection of high school first baseman Dominic Smith – all of 17 years old – with the 11th overall pick in the draft. The first is the obvious, that the Mets are no longer enamored with Ike Davis, but that’s the knee-jerk response. However, remember Smith, at 17, has to be at least three to four years away. SMITH: Mets’ future at first? (MLB) It isn’t as if Smith was the No. 1 overall pick with the can’t-miss status of Bryce Harper. At least, if you’re using the Mets’ recent drafts of position players as indicators, don’t expect Smith at Citi Field any time soon. By that time, Davis might have figured out his swing. Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous said Smith’s swing reminds him of Rafael Palmeiro and Will Clark. Speaking of great swings, I would have thought Tanous might have mentioned Keith Hernandez. “It’s a traditional swing as far as his hands work very well,’’ Tanous said. “This is as ‘handsy’ a hitter as you’re going to find. He can get his hands to the ball and get inside the ball as well as anybody I’ve seen as an amateur. “He can actually be caught out front of some balls, be out ahead of the ball, and still barrel the baseball. It’s an extremely smooth swing. His legs stay under him. His head never moves. It’s really, really a flawless bat path once he gets to the ball.’’ If Smith could have remotely the career of Clark, Palmeiro or Hernandez, the Mets would have done very well. For his part, Smith said all the right things without the braggadocio from the Jets’ pick of quarterback Geno Smith. “That’s a great compliment,’’ Smith said. “Hopefully I can live up to it, or just live up to the best Dominic Smith I can be. And hopefully I can help the Mets win a World Series.’’ That’s all well and good, but the success rate of baseball draft picks is less projectable than those in the NFL and NBA, and it’s not as if there aren’t a lot of busts in those sports, too. I’m not saying Smith will be a bust or not, just that the draft is a crapshoot and it is far too soon to predict anything. METS SHOULD BAG TONIGHT: The forecast tonight isn’t good for tonight’s game against Miami, which is a Matt Harvey start. They don’t want to waste it by having him begin the game and then potentially sit through a long rain delay. The side benefit would be not having the fans sit through the lousy weather, unlike those who sat through four hours in a recent Kansas City-St. Louis game. The Marlins will be in later this year so it would be easy to reschedule. As always, your comments are greatly appreciated and I will attempt to answer them. Please follow me on Twitter @jdelcos
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