Dom Smith has significant value for the 2019 Mets. Now how significant can a bench player be? In limited playing time Smith is batting .344 and serves as the only left handed bat off the bench. Smith is 18th among MLB first basemen with 0.5 WAR, despite only having 39 plate appearances.
His current slash line is .344/.462/.500 with a .419 wOBA and 170 wRC+.
You may be asking, “how the hell is this significant?” Why would a bench player have significance for a ball club that wants to be a contender? Look at any good ball club (Astros, Cubs, Dodgers) and you’ll see who they have on their bench and how they deliver when their name is called. Depth is good. Dom Smith is good for the Mets in his current role.
Maybe Smith has value beyond the naked eye could see. His clubhouse presence? His late inning defense? The comradery built in spring training between the young teammates?
Brodie Van Wagenen vowed to put the best 25 players on the 25 man roster. Dom Smith is one of those 25 men. It would be a shame if he were ever to get sent down again for whatever reason.
In last nights game, Smith launched a 3-0 pitch to dead center field (435 feet) for his first home run of 2019. His teammates were excited for him. That’s what you want from your ball club. Teammates rooting for each other despite competition at the positions they share. Everyone is on the same page, everyone wants to win and all of the above is why Dom Smith has value on the 2019 Mets.
“He’s embraced his role. He understands the opportunity. He understands that, at points, it can be limited. He’s gone out there every day and embraced his role and is prepared. He’s trying to put us in a position where we can’t send him down. That’s what you want out of every player, is to embrace what they’re given and do the best with their opportunities, and Dom Smith’s doing that.” -Mickey Callaway