Dominic Smith, the Mets' top draft pick in 2013, was supposed to hit for average and power.
So it was not a great sign when he batted .271 with one home run in 126 games with Single-A Savannah in 2014, his .338 slugging percentage lower than his .344 on-base percentage.
Nevertheless, Smith was promoted to Single-A Advanced St. Lucie this season. As of May 18, Smith was hitting .194 with four doubles and no home runs.
Then the struggling slugger began to surge.
Smith has hit in 16 straight games since then, batting .393 (26-for-66) with 14 doubles and one home run.
He has nine multi-hit games during that span, including four straight multi-hit games and eight multi-hit games in his last 11 for St. Lucie (27-26, T-2nd place in Florida State League South, 8 games back).
Smith was 2-for-4 during a 5-4 loss to Bradenton on Wednesday.
Elsewhere in the minors
TRIPLE-A LAS VEGAS
(29-25, 1st place in Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern)
Second baseman Matt Reynolds was 1-for-4 with a home run, and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar and first baseman Brooks Conrad were each 2-for-4 with a double, but the 51s fell to Memphis, 4-3.
(26-26, T-4th place in Eastern League Eastern, 5.5 games back)
Reliever Bobby Parnell's rocky rehab assignment continued during the Mets' 6-4 loss to Trenton. Parnell, working his way back from 2014 Tommy John surgery, allowed three hits, two walks and three runs in one inning. He threw 14 of his 27 pitches for strikes. In 12 rehab games, Parnell has struck out eight in 11 innings, allowing 21 hits, 13 walks and 17 earned runs. He's 0-4 with a 13.91 ERA and 3.09 WHIP.
Shortstop Gavin Cecchini, third baseman Josh Rodriguez and first base Aderlin Rodriguez were each 2-for-4. The Mets had 10 hits, all singles.
(26-27, T-2nd place in South Atlantic League Southern, 5 games back)
Catcher Tomas Nido was 2-for-4 with a home run and rightfielder Wuilmer Becerra went 2-for-5 as the Sand Gnats beat Asheville, 5-3.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 1
(3-1, T-1st in DSL Boca Chica South)
First baseman Domingo Martinez was 2-for-3 with a walk and second baseman Rafael Valdez went 2-for-4 but the Mets fell to the DSL Yankees 1, 21-2.