SAN DIEGO — Dominic Smith had modest goals for his first Futures Game appearance.
The Los Angeles native said a group of roughly 40 family members and friends would be at Petco Park to see him play. Other than his parents, many of them would do so for the first time in his pro career.
“I’m nervous,” he said before Sunday night’s game. “I don’t want to mess up in front of them.”
Smith, 21, was the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft, so he’s accustomed to the pressure of expectations. Apparently, that doesn’t match the fear of making his relatives proud in person. And he’s still trying to impress the Mets enough for a shot at the majors.
Smith may be creeping a little closer in that regard, with a super-smooth glove and 10 homers through 83 games for Double-A Binghamton. But his name didn’t come up in conversation when the Mets lost Lucas Duda to a stress fracture in his back, and James Loney has been a solid replacement since the Mets quickly moved to acquire him in late May.
A year ago, Michael Conforto’s rapid promotion straight from Double-A opened the door to the once far-fetched concept — and maybe put the idea in other players’ heads as well. Still, Smith wasn’t looking that far ahead.
“I didn’t think I had a chance,” he said. “It was way too early. It didn’t bother me at all.”
Where Smith fits into the Mets’ plans moving forward could be determined in the weeks before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. With Matt Harvey lost for the season and given the uncertainty surrounding Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, the Mets might have to put together a package for a starting pitcher.
Amed Rosario is off the table and the Mets are protective to a lesser degree of Dilson Herrera, leaving Smith as a potential chip. He had trouble putting a timeline on his arrival in the majors, however.
“It’s just staying consistent,” said Smith, who went 0-for-4 with an RBI Sunday night. “The biggest difference between a big-league player and a minor-league player is they’re just more consistent than we are.”
Notes & quotes: The Yankees’ lone representative, catcher Gary Sanchez, went 0-for-2 . . . Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada, the Cuban infielder acquired for a record $31.5-million signing bonus, hit a second-deck homer as the World Team rallied for an 11-3 win. Former Red Sox outfield prospect Manuel Margot — traded to the Padres in the Craig Kimbrel deal — made the catch of the day by leaping at the right-centerfield wall to rob a homer.