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.

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