Mets prospects Dominic Smith and Dilson Herrera have been selected to participate in the 2016 Futures Game, which will be played on July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego.
For Mets fans, this will be a chance to see the team's potential first baseman of the future playing in a major league stadium. Smith, who was ranked as the organization's #5 prospect by Amazin’ Avenue, is hitting .257/.317/.383 with six home runs in293 plate appearances. While the six home runs is not a robust figure for a first baseman, it does match a career high for the left-hander. There is still time for the former first-round pick to develop more home run power, as he is still just a 21-year-old playing in Double-A, although many scouts are not bullish on his ability to hit for above-average power.
For Herrera, this has to feel like déjà vu. The 22-year-old second baseman, who was acquired in 2013 in exchange for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, has already played in 49 major league games. In fact, when he was still a member of the Pirates organization, Herrera was selected to the 2013 Futures Game, a game that was played in Citi Field. The Colombian native, whose rookie status has lapsed, is hitting .278/.324/.474 with 11 home runs over 313 plate appearances.
While it will be fun to see Herrera play in the prospect showcase, many Mets fans would probably have preferred to see shortstop phenom Amed Rosario selected. But you can’t always get what you want.