Look out Eastern League pitchers, because Dominic Smith has found his power stroke.After homering in his final at-bat on Friday night in Double-A Binghamton's loss to New Hampshire in Game 2 of a doubleheader, Smith went deep in his first two trips to the plate on Saturday en route to
Look out Eastern League pitchers, because Dominic Smith has found his power stroke.
After homering in his final at-bat on Friday night in Double-A Binghamton's loss to New Hampshire in Game 2 of a doubleheader, Smith went deep in his first two trips to the plate on Saturday en route to collecting four hits (4-for-4) for the fifth time in his career. The Mets' No. 1 prospect tallied five RBIs in the contest -- Game 1 of another doubleheader between the teams -- as Binghamton defeated New Hampshire, 9-2.
Smith, No. 45 on the Top 100, started Binghamton's scoring with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and he then added another two-run shot to extend the lead in the third. On both occasions, five-hole hitter Matt Obserte added to the damage by going back-to-back with Smith.
Smith notched his third hit in the bottom of the fifth, hitting a groundball through the right side of the infield, and then laced a line-drive single (also to right field) in the following frame to plate shortstop Amed Rosario (Mets' No. 3).
With his pair of home runs on Saturday, Smith has now gone deep six times in his last 10 games for the B-Mets. The power surge comes after the 21-year-old left-handed batter hit just four homers over his first 67 games at the Double-A level.
More important, his 10 home runs this season represent a career high for the 2013 first-rounder. His previous high-water mark was six homers, which he achieved over 118 games last season in the Florida State League.
Overall, Smith is hitting .283/.341/.448 and ranks fourth in the Eastern League with 58 RBIs.
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