Dominic Smith seemed to be emerging as one of the top, young sluggers in MLB during the 2020 season with the New York Mets. Two years later, the former top prospect is looking for a fresh start after being non-tendered by the club.
In the COVID-shortened 2020 season, with the Mets’ lineup in desperate need of a spark, Smith provided it. The 6-foot slugger delivered a .316/.377/.616 slash line, driving in 42 RBI with 10 home runs in 50 games.
New York believed it had an emerging star. Smith’s .993 OPS, .299 isolated power and 166 wRC+ all suggested he could be a core fixture in the lineup for years to come. Unfortunately, he has been anything but in the last two seasons.