PORT ST. LUCIE — Dominic Smith, who reported early to camp, is showing positive signs in left field, according to new Mets manager Luis Rojas. Last season, Rojas served as the outfield coach and worked closely with Smith, a converted first baseman.

“Dom’s got great defensive ability and I think he did a good job in the offseason,” Rojas said Wednesday. “We talked about him working, movement and agility, and I saw him taking good steps off the bat [Wednesday] and being efficient in some routes there. I would like him to keep that versatility and keep throwing more in the outfield like he’s been doing.”


Rojas said he arrived at 5:30 a.m. for the first official day of drills for pitchers and catchers. A workout fanatic, Rojas was in the weight room to start his day, then spoke to the pitchers and catchers before they took the field.

“That is probably the most fun,” Rojas said. “Getting here and having the guys in one room, and being able to talk to them, communicate, and talk to them about what we’re going to be able to do out there, and then going out there and executing.”