With Darryl Strawberry, a lefty slugger from Los Angeles, at the Mets table for the 2013 MLB Draft, it seemed only fitting the the team from the borough of Queens would select a lefty slugger from Los Angeles.
With the 11th pick in the draft, the Mets did just that selecting Serra first basemanoutfielderpitcher Dominic Smith a lefty slugger from Los Angeles.
Smith went against the grain, ditching football and basketball while electing to stick with baseball and playing in the MLB Urban Youth Academy since the age of 11. All the hard work paid off on Thursday night when MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced his name.
To top it off, he had the opportunity to shake hands and bump elbows with Strawberry, who hit 252 of his 335 career home runs with the Mets.
It was great, an ecstatic Smith said in a text message.
Last week, Smith struck out nine batters over 6.1 innings to lead the Cavaliers to the CIF Southern Section Division III championship. By doing so, Serra is believed t...