Mets Nearing Deal With First-Rounder Dominic Smith

9:14pm: Brown's deal could be done by this weekend, a source tells Marc Carig of Newsday (on Twitter).

3:45pm: The Mets are nearing completion of a deal with first-round selection Dominic Smith, tweets Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com (hat tip: Ehalt's colleague, Adam Rubin on Twitter). Back in April, Baseball America provided a list of the assigned pick values for the first 10 rounds of the draft, which has Smith's No. 11 slot listed at $2,840,300.

Smith, a high school first baseman out of California, is being advised by the MVP Sports Group. Prior to the draft, ESPN's Keith Law ranked Smith as the No. 11 talent available, while Baseball America ranked him 14th and MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo ranked him 15th. All three noted the tremendous upside of Smith's bat and his plus defense at first, with Law in particular noting how rare it is for high school first basemen to be this highly regarded because they're already at the bottom of the defensive spectrum.

Eight of this year's 33 first-rounders have already signed or agreed to terms.



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