What to expect from Brett Baty in MLB – MLB.com

What to expect from Brett Baty in MLB - MLB.com

The Mets needed a slugging third baseman. They just happened to have the second-best hot-corner prospect in all of baseball at Triple-A, and now, he’s headed to the Majors.

New York plans to call No. 19 general outlook Brett Baty before his major league debut, Anthony DiComo reported on Tuesday. The 22-year-old joins the big club after injuries to Eduardo Escobar (left oblique strain) and Luis Guillorme (left groin strain) left it thin at third base.

Baty’s promotion might seem aggressive on its face, as he just joined Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 8, but the Mets probably couldn’t have gotten the left-handed slugger at a better time.

In the period between June 1 and August 7, Baty led all Double-A hitters with 16 home runs and 131 total bases and ranked fourth in average (.351), third in slugging (.630) and third in OPS (1.072). over 53 games with Binghamton. He didn’t slow down following his promotion either, going 8-for-22 (.364) over six games for Syracuse.

Drafted by the Mets with the 12th overall pick in 2019, the Texas native has shown above-average hitting and power tools with a smooth swing from the left side that allows him to take hits to all fields. He held standard strikeout rates (around 25 percent) for someone with his pop, while impressive walk rates helped him consistently produce solid on-base percentages at every stop of the Mets’ chain.

The biggest point of emphasis for Baty lately has been on his ability to lift the ball and make the most of his at least impressive raw power. His 55.8 percent ground ball rate was the highest among Mets Minor League qualifiers in 2021, and with so many wormburners, he was limited to just 12 home runs between Binghamton and High-A Brooklyn. That home run total is already up to 19 in 2022, as Baty increased his fly ball rate from 21.6 percent to 30.4 percent.

“Last year, I was a little worried at the ball,” Baty told MLB Pipeline back in the spring. “I saw 95 on the radar, and I was like, ‘I’m going to go get this.’ Now I just let it come to me, let the ball travel and stay within myself.”

A former football and basketball player in high school, Baty’s athleticism has translated to make him a solid defensive third baseman, and he has the lateral footwork to cover enough ground at the infield corner. His arm strength gives him a third plus tool and will be major league ready upon arrival. That pitching ability helped him during brief looks in left field in 2021 and 2022; in fact, he recorded an outfield assist on a play at the plate last Friday in his first Triple-A game on the grass.

That defensive versatility is enviable, but it’s not on the same level as Escobar or Guillorme. The former has played all four infield spots at various times in his 12-year big league career while the latter has long been known as a defensive wizard around the dirt. Given his Minor League experience, Baty will very likely only be a third baseman in Queens.

New York’s No. 2 prospect is the future of the position after all. Even when healthy, the Mets’ third basemen have hit for a collective 84 wRC+ (23rd best in MLB) this season, meaning Baty could also be an upgrade to the Mets’ gift of the hot corner — a gift , which is fighting for an NL East title and the club’s first World Series crown since 1986.

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