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NY Mets Friday Farming: Brett Baty may make the Opening Day roster

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Jul 11, 2021; Denver, CO, USA; National League third baseman Brett Baty (25) tags out American League right fielder Julio Rodriguez (3) on a steal in the fifth inning of the 2021 MLB All Star Futures Game at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2021; Denver, CO, USA; National League third baseman Brett Baty (25) tags out American League right fielder Julio Rodriguez (3) on a steal in the fifth inning of the 2021 MLB All Star Futures Game at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets have made MLB headlines recently. Outside of contending playoff teams, such as their division foes, the Atlanta Braves, the Mets have been the center of discussion. They are looking for several different front office positions, from President of Baseball Operations to General Manager.

Another reason they’ve made headlines is one surprising prospect: Brett Baty.

He hasn’t been surprisingly good, but he’s getting good surprisingly fast. Baty was just named the Arizona Fall League’s Player of the Week by MLB Pipeline. He’s raking.

Baty may surprise the Mets and could be here as soon as Opening Day.

Before spring training, the franchise hired Jeremy Barnes as Director of Player Development. When speaking about Baty to northjersey.com, Barnes says Baty’s bat has had “a different gear.”

The Athletic summed up Baty’s attack as having “a little” weakness against lefties and took one bad whiff against a right-handed changeup. Outside of that, he’s been in superstar mode.

The Arizona Fall League is MLB’s initiative to grant star prospects some added playing time at the end of the minor league schedule. It’s the first time minor league players have had any playing time in October in over a decade.

With both Brooklyn and Binghamton this season, Baty was batting .292, had 12 HR, and an OPS of .855. With the Salt River Rafters, he has a .381 batting average thus far, 1 stolen base, an OPS of 1.155, and 3 doubles.

At this rate, could he join the team for their Opening Day roster? It would be hard to predict since the off-season hasn’t officially started yet, but why shouldn’t he? The road for Baty is simple: continue to perform in the Arizona Fall League and then hope to get an invite to spring training. It’s possible.

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The Mets will likely search for a third base rental in the meantime, but they could end up with Brett Baty on Opening Day, and that’s not a bad proposition. Baty is a future All-Star and remains the 45th-ranked prospect in the country. Having that sort of talent is always a plus.

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