The Mets have recalled first baseman Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas as their 26th man for tonight’s Little League World Series Classic in Williamsport, the team announced. MLB granted both the Mets and Phillies the roster spot usually reserved for doubleheaders.
The 23-year-old Smith has had a tumultuous season, failing to produce while up with the major league team but also not getting much consistent playing time. During his last stint in the majors, he was up from June 12 to July 20. He started 16 games, appeared in 10 more, and did not play in six. Over that stretch, he logged 74 plate appearances and hit just .186/.219/.329 with one home run, one double, and one triple.
His second call up coincided with the release of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but six of his 16 starts were in left field.
It’s gone a little bit better for him in Triple-A this season. He’s hit .255/.330/.387 in Las Vegas, with 21 doubles, a triple, and six home runs. That being said, he expressed displeasure at being sent back down on July 20, telling the New York Post, “I feel like the minor leagues won’t help me get better in the big leagues.”