Ike Davis: Are Dominic Smith Pick, Demotion Signs He's No Longer Future Mets 1B?

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIJune 10, 2013

Ike Davis' future with the New York Mets looks bleak.

Not only did the Mets draft high school first baseman Dominic Smith with the No. 11 pick in the MLB draft last week, but Davis was demoted Sunday to Triple-A.

Couple those together, and Davis' future doesn't look good.

Through the first two seasons of his career, Davis batted .271 with 26 home runs and 96 RBI.

Then an ankle injury ended his second season in 2011.

Since then, Davis has batted just .210 with 37 home runs and 106 RBI. His power numbers have increased, but he's striking out at a rate of once every 3.4 at-bats.

That's simply not going to cut it.

Struggles Getting on Base

Davis has had trouble being consistent at the plate.

He's gotten two hits in a game just six times and hasn't reached the Mendoza line (.200 average) this season.

No, not even on Opening Day.

He's in the lineup because of his power-hitting, but as we've seen, he's not even providing that—he has just five home runs on the season. Not to mention he's only walked 19 times.

There's a reason why the Atlanta Braves have been able to put up with Dan Uggla's low numbers the last few years.

He's hitting the long ball, but he's also walking. Uggla led the National League in walks last year with 94. He did strike out 168 times, but with an on-base percentage of .348, his low batting average was a little easier to deal with.

Who the Mets Have

With Davis demoted, the Mets have called up Josh Satin to fill in at first base.

In Triple-A, Satin was batting .305 with nine home runs and 32 RBI. If he can produce close to the same numbers in the big leagues, the Mets will be happy.

Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy can also play first base, although general manager Sandy Alderson "indicated the new first baseman should be a call-up," according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

Then there's Smith, who fits a major need for the Mets in the future.

According to Alex Nelson of Amazin' Avenue, he's a good high school hitter that could turn into a good prospect for the Mets:

He’s a very good looking high school hitter, displaying batspeed, raw power, and a smooth swing with a very mild uppercut. In time, I expect him to become a guy who can hit for average and power, somewhere in the vicinity of a .280-.300 hitter with 25 dingers or so a year, provided he makes some adjustments.

Smith will need time to work his way through the minor league system. By 2016 or 2017, he should be with the Mets full-time.


In the Meantime

Until Smith makes it to the big leagues or Davis gets things together, the Mets are going to have to go with Satin at first base.

They can also go after a player like Mark Reynolds or Kendrys Morales in the offseason to fill that spot over the next few years.

Regardless of what happens, I don't see Davis manning the full-time first-baseman role for the Mets in the future.

At best, he'll come off the bench and be a serviceable role player in the big leagues.

It appears he is no longer the future of the Mets at first base.