The 2022 New York Mets have been nothing short of remarkable so far. Coming off of consecutive losing seasons, the team is on pace for over 100 wins. Some are saying that the Mets have the perfect recipe to win the World Series. With that being said, they still only have a 3.5 game lead in the National League East with a month and half to go in the regular season.
Not a lot has gone wrong for the Mets in 2022, but recently they have been getting banged up and have struggled to find offensive production. Luis Guillorme and Eduardo Escobar are both headed to the injured list while the team has scored one run or fewer in four of the last five games during a 2-3 stretch against the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves.
Mets prospect Brett Baty looks to make the same impact that Michael Conforto made
Meanwhile, the Mets' #2 prospect, Brett Baty, has been tearing it up in the minor leagues, hitting .315 with 19 HRs and 60 RBIs in 95 games. With both Guillorme and Escobar, the two third basemen the Mets had on their roster, going down with injury, now is the perfect time for Baty to make an impact at the major league level. But when was the last time the Mets relied on a prospect to help the offense during a heated pennant race? Well you'd have to go back to 2015 when the Mets called up outfielder Michael Conforto for the first time.
Everyone remembers 2015 as the year the Mets won the National League pennant; however, getting to the postseason did not seem likely throughout points of the regular season. Searching for an offensive spark, the Mets were 49-47 and 3 games out of first place on July 24th when Michael Conforto made his major league debut. The 22 year old had been on fire in the minors that year (the same way Baty has been this year), batting an even .300 to go along with 12 HRs and 54 RBIs in 91 games. In his time with the big league ball club in 2015, Conforto hit .270 while carrying an .841 OPS while helping the Amazins go on to clinch their 6th NL East title in franchise history and eventually reach the World Series.
There's no guarantee that Brett Baty will be at the major league level long enough to see the team clinch a division title or even be on the postseason roster, but if he can make an instant impact during his first stint the same way Michael Conforto did, it will go a long way in helping the Mets get to the postseason for the first time since 2016.