Mets top Draft pick Smith set to sign contract
ATLANTA -- One day after Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler gave Mets fans a glimpse of their future, the team plans to cement another brick of that plan in place.
First-round Draft pick Dominic Smith will officially sign with the Mets on Wednesday, the first baseman confirmed via his Twitter account late Tuesday night. The deal is for a reported $2.6 million, just below Major League Baseball's slot recommendation of $2.8 million. The Mets can use that discrepancy to sign other Draft picks.
Smith also indicated that he will report on Wednesday to his first professional team, likely the Gulf Coast League Mets.
"I want to thank all the Mets fans for welcoming me with open arms!" Smith tweeted. "I love NYC, the Mets, & this organization! You guys are amazing as well!"
The 11th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, Smith hit .493 with seven home runs and 38 RBIs as a senior for Serra (Calif.) High School. He is known for his left-handed power stroke, strong throwing arm -- Smith was also a pitcher at Serra -- and smooth glove at first.