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Mets prospect Bretty Baty power potential is worth paying attention to

Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first round pick in the 2019 MLB draft Brett Baty addresses the media after being introduced during a press conference prior to the game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first round pick in the 2019 MLB draft Brett Baty addresses the media after being introduced during a press conference prior to the game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
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Minor league storylines tend to pop up a little more mysteriously than the ones in the big leagues. Many of the top prospects within a given organization are young, in development, and have yet to find their best swing or pitch. New York Mets prospect Bretty Baty is one of those players. At 21-years-old, he is two years removed from being selected 12th overall in the MLB draft with very little in-game experience since joining the organization.

We can blame the global pandemic for Baty’s lack of at-bats. With only 228 total plate appearances as a professional since he was drafted by the Mets in 2019, the sample size just isn’t there.

His 2019 campaign spent with three different teams wasn’t fantastic but it was also far from a train wreck. Baty seemingly has all of the tools needed to one day become a big league player. Specifically, it’s Baty’s power numbers I’ll be watching.

Brett Baty could become one of the next great Mets sluggers

From the left side of the plate, Baty has a chance to become one of the next great Mets sluggers. I’m still not convinced third base becomes his permanent position. We can worry about that after we see a little more of him in the field as a professional hitter.

In his limited professional experience, Baty smacked 7 home runs and ripped another 16 doubles. By no means eye-popping numbers at the level Pete Alonso hit back in 2018, there’s something positive to take away from a teenager already having this kind of pop in his bat.

Baty is built like a slugger, standing at 6’3 with 210 pounds pressing down on the earth. As a senior in high school, Baty brought his home run bat to school every day. He hit 19 home runs in 156 plate appearances.

Understanding Baty faced plenty of pitchers who haven’t thrown a baseball since and probably cried at every hit they gave up (we all played with those types of people when we were younger), it’s still promising for what this Mets prospect can accomplish.

Rarely should we ever put too much stock in minor league baseball statistics. Plenty of men have lit up a league only to falter as they were promoted. The opposite can also be claimed for some. Enough players have climbed up the ranks only to finally shine their brightest once they reach the highest level of professional baseball.

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Baty has places where he can grow but also places he plans to go. Right now, he’s the future power-hitting third baseman for the Mets. Every dinger in 2021 inches him a little closer.

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