Mets prospect Dom Smith gets call to majors, but can't make a call

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 07:04:16 AM. The first baseman will make his debut Friday night in Philadelphia, but his second order of business might be getting a new cell phone.

PHILADELPHIA - New Mets first baseman Dom Smith arrived in Philadelphia ready to go on Friday.

The same can't be said for his cell phone, which he dropped in the Las Vegas airport. He knows there are plenty of friends and family texting to congratulate him on his promotion to the major leagues but he can't respond to them.

"The screen cracked," said Smiith. "Then it was working pretty fine and then the screen went out. I can just imagine all the people texting me. I can hear it vibrate but can't see anything."

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Smith, the organization's first-round pick in 2013, will make his major-league debut on Friday night against the Phillies and right-hander Nick Pivetta. Smith is hitting sixth.

Other than the broken phone issue, it's been a thrilling 24 hours for the Mets' No. 2 prospect, who had been hitting .330 at Las Vegas and was primed for a callup ever since veteran first baseman Lucas Duda was traded July 27.

The 22-year-old said he wasn't frustrated waiting for the call.

"I'm pretty much at a loss for words, just super excited," said Smith. "I feel very accomplished. ... Just going through the mix of emotions, hurrying up to tell my parents, hurrying up to pack and get on the flight. I knew it would happen eventually and it motivated me to go out and get better.

"To be able to do what I did at this age is a huge accomplishment. My goal was to play in the big leagues since I was seven years old, so this is an amazing feeling."

Smith has hit at every level in his five minor-league seasons and has a .302 career batting average. In the past two years, he has developed some power, with 30 of his 40 minor-league homers coming in 2016 and 2017.

"It was more stuff I did with my swing," said the left-handed swinging Smith. "Last month I was able to lift the ball, I made some mechanical adjustments at the beginning of the month where I was able to use my legs to hit the ball in the air."

Manager Terry Collins said he was impressed with what he had seen of Smith in the past and reports on the rookie have been good.

"One of the things I like about his offense is he's always using all parts of the ballpark," said Collins. "He's a left-center field gap guy, doesn't try to hit the ball out of the ballpark, makes very good contact.

"(Defensively) he has a great set of hands, good arm, moves better than people gives him credit for. I hope everything I heard about him from Vegas he continues to do here."

The laid-back Smith said he wasn't trying to make the moment too big on Friday. He's had success at level, so he's confident that will continue.

 "I still feel like it's the same game," said Smith. "There's better pitchers, but it's the same game. They have to throw the ball over the plate and I need to comepete."

 Smith said he was expecting his mom and brother to be on hand to see his debut.

 "They were supposed to land about 4 o'clock," said Smith. "But I have no way to get hold of them."

Reliever Fernando Salas was designated for assignment to make room for Smith.

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