ATLANTA — Seeking a shot of offense as they look to maintain their NL East lead, the Mets on Wednesday called up their second-ranked prospect and MLB Pipeline’s No. 19 overall prospect, Brett Baty. He will make his Major League debut on Wednesday against the Braves at Truist Park, batting eighth and playing third base behind Max Scherzer.
As recently as Monday, Mets officials were unwilling to call up Baty, mostly because they did not view him as a versatile enough defender to fill the hole Luis Guillorme left behind when he landed on the injured list with a strained left groin. But Eduardo Escobar’s continued struggles with left oblique tightness changed the equation for the Mets, who are likely to place Escobar on the IL before Wednesday’s game. That will open an everyday job at third base for Baty, who was in Double-A Binghamton barely a week ago.
As a reward for hitting 19 homers in 89 games at Binghamton, the 22-year-old Baty recently received an early August promotion to Triple-A Syracuse, where he hit .364 in six games before again earning a bump up the organizational ladder — this time to the big leagues.
“Definitely putting emphasis on these last two months, it’s been really fun out there for sure,” Baty said after his promotion to Syracuse. “I’ve been going out there with so much confidence, and playing with confidence, you’re always going to have fun. I’m just looking to … be the best baseball player I can be to help the New York Mets in the future.”