The 17th of August, 2022 The Mets required a power-hitting third baseman. They happened to have the second-best hot corner prospect in baseball at Triple-A, and he’s now on his way to the Majors. According to Anthony DiComo, New York intends to call up No. 19 overall prospect Brett Baty ahead of his Major League debut. After injuries to Eduardo Escobar (left oblique tightness) and Luis Guillorme (left groin strain), the big club is thin at third base. Baty’s promotion may appear aggressive on the surface, given that he only recently joined Triple-A Syracuse on August 8, but the Mets couldn’t have gotten the left-handed slugger at a better time. Over 53 games with Binghamton from June 1 to August 7, Baty led all Double-A hitters with 16 home runs and 131 total bases while also ranking fourth in average (.351), third in slugging (.630), and third in OPS (1.072). He didn’t slow down after being promoted, going 8-for-22 (.364) in six games for Syracuse. The Mets selected him with the 12th overall pick in 2019 and he has shown above-average hit and power tools with a smooth swing from the left side that allows him to hit to all fields. He’s had standard strikeout rates (around 25%) for someone with his power, while impressive walk rates have helped him produce solid on-base percentages at every level of the Mets’ system. Baty’s recent focus has been on his ability to lift the ball and make the most of his at least impressive raw power. His ground-ball rate of 55.8 percent was the highest among Mets Minor League qualifiers in 2021, and with so many wormburners, he only hit 12 home runs between Binghamton and High-A Brooklyn. Baty’s fly-ball rate has increased from 21.6 percent to 30.4 percent, bringing his 2022 home run total to 19. “I got a little jumpy at the ball last year,” Baty admitted to MLB Pipeline in the spring. “I saw 95 on the radar and thought, ‘I’m going to get this.'” Now I’m just waiting for it, letting the ball travel and staying within myself.” Baty, a former football and basketball player in high school, has developed into a solid defensive third baseman with the lateral footwork to cover enough ground at the infield corner. His arm strength makes him a third-plus tool, and he’ll be Major League-ready the moment he arrives. That throwing ability has aided him during brief appearances in left field in 2021 and 2022; in fact, he recorded an outfield assist on a play at the plate in his first Triple-A game on grass last Friday. That defensive versatility is admirable, but it doesn’t compare to Escobar or Guillorme. In his 12-year big league career, the former has played all four infield positions at various times, while the latter has long been known as a defensive wizard all around the dirt. Given his Minor League experience, Baty will almost certainly be limited to third base in Queens. After all, New York’s No. 2 prospect is the position’s future. Even when healthy, Mets third basemen have a combined 84 wRC+ (23rd in MLB) this season, implying that Baty could be an upgrade on the Mets’ current hot corner, which is competing for an NL East title and the club’s first World Series title since 1986.
New York Mets prospect Brett Baty to be called up to Major League team on Tuesday
Aug-18 01:31 first published at 01:31 AM
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