PHILADELPHIA -- A deep crack snarls up the length of Dominic Smith's cell phone, several others spider-webbing from it. Initially when Smith dropped the phone on the floor of Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport late Thursday, life still flickered in the screen. By the time Smith arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Friday for his big league debut, it had gone dark for good.
"I can just imagine all the people texting," Smith said, laughing. "I can hear my phone vibrating but I can't see it."
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Smith's mother and brother, who traveled across the country to watch him debut in Philadelphia, will surely understand. The Mets' second-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, Smith debuted Friday amid much fanfare, a television camera following him out of the clubhouse for the first time. And for good reason. Smith and shortstop Amed Rosario, the Mets' No. 1 prospect who debuted last week, are two of the most important pieces to the Mets' 2018 blueprint and beyond.
A left-handed hitter who batted .330 with 16 home runs at Triple-A Las Vegas, Smith was the Mets' top Draft pick -- 11th overall -- in 2013. He started at first base and batted sixth in his big league debut, becoming the ninth MLB-affiliated Compton Academy alumnus to reach the Majors.
"I'm super excited," Smith said. "I feel very accomplished and stuff like that. But I know it's just the beginning."
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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