Brett Baty: Brooklyn Cyclones High-A Affiliate
“The Next David Wright,” is a very bold claim when comparing an unproven rookie to a former generational talent who will remain a cornerstone of Mets baseball forever. Brett Baty is the No. 83 prospect in MLB in addition to being yet another of the previous regime’s prize draft selections in 2019.
Taken in the first round at No. 12 overall, Baty has risen through the Mets developmental system with the aid of his smooth left-handed swing and ability to drive the ball to the opposite field. For a young player to demonstrate those refined attributes at this stage of game bodes well for his future development into an everyday third baseman.
Conversely, his continued rise and expected success throughout the Mets farm system also creates a competitive dynamic between himself and Ronny Mauricio, who is likely to make his MLB debut before Baty and compete for a starting job in the hot corner.
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If both players turn out to be the stars the organization believes they can develop into, this could create a healthy competition over who will be the team’s everyday third baseman for years to come, while also strengthening the team’s talent pool and infield depth.
In 51 games in 2019, Baty rose through three minor league levels (The Gulf Coast League Mets, The Kingsport Mets, and The Brooklyn Cyclones) before landing in Brooklyn at the end of 2019 where he currently plays in 2021.
In 188 total ABs through these three levels, Baty hit 7 home runs while driving in 33 RBI for a total BA of .234.
Through his first 17 games in Brooklyn this season, he’s owned an improved .339 / .452 / .424 slash line to start his season High-A ball. Next step will be Double-A baseball and – depending on how he does there – a brief stint in Triple-A or right on to The Show.
He’s a great player we acquired thanks to an imperfect General Manager. Still, his continued success will certainly bolster the argument that BVW’s drafts remain his only viable attribute.