Year End Lists by Position – 1B

If you thought catcher was simple, first base is even cleaner: it’s Dominic Smith and everyone else.

 

First base
Dominic Smith and Selig1. Dom Smith
2. Jayce Boyd
3. Matt Oberste
4. Alan Dykstra

1. Smith, the Mets first round pick in 2013, who signed for $2.6 million, is comfortably one of the top position player prospects in the system. Adding in his four doubles in three games in the Appalachian League, he hit .301/.398/.439 in his first 51 games as a professional in 2013 and .372/.443/.526 in August with nine extra-base hits, eight walks and 11 strikeouts in 22 games. He’s a very nice prospect.

2. Boyd, who uses rightfield well for a righthanded hitter, beat up South Atlantic League pitching at a .330/.410/.461 rate in the first half as a 22-year-old. Promoted to St. Lucie, he hit .292/.372/.421 with four home runs in 58 games in the second half spent DHing almost exclusively. He had off-season surgery to fix his thoracic outlet syndrome. He’s a good hitter, but first basemen have to outstanding hitters who add power to be impact big leaguers.

3. Oberste was the Mets’ 7th round pick in 2013 who hit a poor .208/.245/.286 in 68 games for Brooklyn while turning 22 in August. Baseball America’s Jim Callis thought he was good value in the seventh round at the time of the draft.

4. Dykstra won the Eastern League MVP award for hitting .274/.436/.503 with 21 homeruns in 122 games in his age 26 season. Given his age and skills, I do not view him as a starter for a big league team. He’s a bench-piece only and given that National League teams rarely carry 1B-only I do not see a role for him with the Mets.

14 comments
Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

Smith is an undersized 1B at 6', but so are guys like Napoli and Swisher. I wouldn't expect elite Goldschmidt type production out of a guy like that.

Hank259
Hank259

The more I find out about Dom Smith, the more excited I get about his future. It will be great to follow him the next few years. The struggle for us is that 1B is such a huge black hole right now. Maybe Duda-Satin cuts it, maybe Ike alone, heck maybe it's Flores. We just don't know. So we will wait for Mr. Smith. No pressure kid. Ha.

dave42
dave42

Where does Dom Smith start 2014?

chavez06
chavez06

Toby, if Flores had played 1B last year , would he be #1 or 2 on this list. What do you think of Flores at 1b defensively? Offensively, his knock is lack of power. But he has averaged about a HR every 30 or so PAs. Btw, similar to Votto's milb rates. If Flores can maintain that rate, it's about 20 HRs. If he can bat .300, wouldn't that be a good production for 1b?

Derpy
Derpy

Dominic Smith doesn't understand my sense of humor (I don't blame him), and it has lead to a lot of really awkward interactions.  Like... really awkward.

natew
natew

@dave42likely at a house party... tough to get into clubs when you are under 21 and people know who you are.  


Oh you mean as a baseball player?... minor league camp, obviously :)

His assignment for the season is probably one of the few things concerning position players that will be determined in spring training.  There is no answer now. 

Toby Hyde
Toby Hyde

@harvey33 Partly wording, but he's not like a Top 100 guy in baseball yet, and I have him outside the Top 5 in the system. 

Toby Hyde
Toby Hyde

@chavez06 Yes, re: Flores being #1 on this list if I'd listed him as primarily a 1B. HOWEVER, and this is a huge however for Flores and for Smith, 20 HR is just not a special mark for a MLB 1B. In 2013, 19 MLB 1B hit 20+ homers last year, of those, only three - Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto and Freddie Freeman hit .300. If Flores can get to .290, with 35+ doubles and 18 - 25 homers, he'd be a top 10 1B without touching defense; basically, he'd be Brandon Belt's 2013. 

dave42
dave42

@natew So if things go well this spring he may start in Savannah, otherwise Brooklyn?  TBD...

chavez06
chavez06

@Toby Hyde @chavez06 Thank you.  Sounds like Flores could man 1B until Dom Smith proves he's ready.

natew
natew

@dave42 right, Savannah or XST for the early part of the year.  

MarkKelly he was in GCL last year, and briefly in Kingsport... not Brooklyn. 

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@dave42@natewProbably  not brookly. He was there last year and pretty much showed he was more than good enough, probably Savannah or st. Lucie actually.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@harvey33Could be... he needs to continue to develop obviously. If the power never comes a .300 hitting 1st baseman with minimal power is still hard to carry.