Sometimes a prospect’s performance dictates his timetable. There comes a point where he’s just too good to keep down. Other times, he arrives to fill a need, his timetable dictated by circumstances beyond his control.
For Brett Baty, it’s the latter. The Mets recently lost Luis Guillorme to a groin injury and have no one else they can trust to play third base. Eduardo Escobar has a bad oblique and has struggled against right-handers all year. J.D. Davis has already moved on. They could have called up Mark Vientos, who has spent the entire year at Triple-A (and perhaps it’s telling that they didn’t). Instead, it’s Baty, the 12th overall pick in the 2019 draft, who has emerged as a consensus top-25 prospect this year with a stellar stat line across two levels.
I say it’s across two levels, but only his past six games have come at Triple-A. Practically speaking, the 22-year-old is making a direct jump from Double-A, which has worked out nicely for Braves call-ups Michael Harris and Vaughn Grissom this year but has become a taller task with the reduction in minor-league levels changing the way talent is distributed throughout the entire system.
For what it’s worth, Baty was off to a nice start at Triple-A, going 8 for 22 (.364). Combined with his finish at Triple-A, he’s hit.424 (42 for 99) with eight home runs and a 1.240 OPS in his past 25 games, doing a better job of elevating the ball and shoring up his already strong plate discipline.