WASHINGTON -- Perhaps the future of the Mets' infield for years to come, first baseman Dominic Smith, second baseman Dilson Herrera and shortstop Amed Rosario will represent the organization during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in San Diego on Sunday.
An annual tradition the Sunday before the All-Star Game, the Futures Game divides baseball's top prospects into U.S. and World teams.
Smith, 21, will play for the former. The Mets' first-round Draft pick in 2013 and top prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, Smith is hitting .280 with 10 home runs in 82 games for Double-A Binghamton. It is the best homer rate since turning pro for Smith, whom the Mets have long hoped would begin using his 6-foot, 230-pound frame to generate significant power.
Mets fans are already plenty familiar with Herrera, 22, who has amassed 169 big league plate appearances since making his MLB debut in 2014. No longer a prospect in the technical sense, Herrera nonetheless remains a significant part of the Mets' future, and he could start at second base as soon as next season. Batting .278 with 12 homers in 71 games for Triple-A Las Vegas, Herrera will represent the World Team as one of the game's top current players from Colombia.
Rosario, the Mets' No. 2 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, was not originally expected to play in the Futures Game, but he was called upon to replace suspended Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo on the World Team roster. At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Rosario runs well and has a cannon for an arm at shortstop. The 20-year-old Rosario is batting .325 with three home runs and 50 RBIs in 81 games split between Class A Advanced St. Lucie and Binghamton this season.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.