|Brett Baty. @Mets Twitter.|
The Mets made a somewhat anticipated move on Wednesday afternoon, as they called up their No. 2 prospect Brett Baty.
The third baseman will be playing third base and hitting eighth in tonight's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Baty was drafted by the Mets out of Travis High School in Austin, Texas, in the first round, 12th overall, of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft.
The 22-year-old had two stints with the Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2019, he played four games in Brooklyn after he spent most of that season with Kingsport and the Gulf Coast League Mets, and then, after the 2020 minor-league season was lost to the pandemic, he began the 2021 season with the Cyclones, and he played in 51 games, hitting .309, with seven home runs, 34 RBI, a .397 on-base percentage (OBP), a .514 slugging percentage (SLG), and a .911 OPS (on-base plus slugging). He then moved on to Double-A Binghmaton, where he played in 40 games, had a slash line of .272/.364/.424/.787, to go along with five home runs and 22 RBI.
This season, Baty began it at Binghmaton, and he played in 89 games, and his numbers were off the charts, with a .312 BA, 19 home runs, and 59 RBI, a .406 OBP, a .544 SLG, and a .943 OPS. He played just six games with Triple-A Syracuse (.364 (8-22), 0 HR, 1 RBI) before this call up to the Mets.
The call-up of Baty was precipitated by Luis Guillorme and Eduardo Escobar succumbing to injuries in the last week and being placed on the injured list.
Guillorme went down with a left groin strain in Sunday's win over Philadelphia, and he will be out four to six weeks. Escobar was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to August 16, after he tried to play through the injury that he suffered in Friday's loss to the Phillies.