First-round pick Dominic Smith singles in first at-bat with big club
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The Mets' 2013 first-round draft pick, Dominic Smith, had a single in his first at-bat in major-league camp Saturday in the Mets' 3-3 split-squad tie with the Twins at Tradition Field.
Smith, a lefthanded-hitting first baseman, grounded a single up the middle in the eighth inning against lefthander Kris Johnson.
"I felt a little bit of nervousness," said Smith, 18, who hit .301 with three home runs and 26 RBIs in two stops in the low minors last year. "I was just happy to play on the same field with some of these guys. It was fun to get a little taste of it."
Duda, Davis update
Lucas Duda and Ike Davis both got multiple at-bats as designated hitters in minor-league camp for the second straight day.
Duda was 1-for-6 with a double and Davis was 0-for-4 with two walks as the injured first-base candidates shuttled between two back fields. Afterward, Davis ran for the first time and said his sore right calf felt better. Duda, out with a hamstring strain, is a little ahead of Davis and could see action in a big-league exhibition game first.
Sandy Alderson said Duda might play in a game Monday: "They're both getting close," he said.
Dillon Gee, who threw four scoreless innings against Miami in his previous outing, shut out Minnesota for three innings plus one batter. But Gee needed 63 pitches to get through the outing. He allowed five hits and struck out three.
"I didn't feel great," Gee said. "I made big pitches when I had to."
Chris Young was 2-for-3 with his first home run. Vic Black gave up three runs, three hits and two walks.