The New York Mets season may be over but there's still plenty of movement afoot with the depth chart. The offseason planning phase for the team is already underway. Some minor moves may occur internally as the team prepares for what we hope becomes an active winter.
In the final weeks of the season, plenty of chances were given for some depth chart movement. Some rose. Others fell. It’s these three notable Mets players whose final month may have dropped them down a spot or two.
1) Brett Baty
The Mets still seem unsure of exactly what they'll do at third base. Fewer starts for Brett Baty in the final weeks seems to suggest how open they are for a change at the position. They have internal and external options. Are any of those realistic ones much better than Baty?
Baty had a rough 2023 season. He hammered pitchers down in Triple-A to begin the year. He never quite found the same sort of constant barrage of pain against major league pitchers. His .212/.275/.323 slash line and only 9 home runs in 389 plate appearances were much less than we had all hoped to see from him.
The final month included just a .200/.221/.293 batting line. However, with Baty, his entire second half is what has moved him down the depth chart.
After the All-Star Break, Baty was only a .167/.216/.278 hitter. His demotion did little to help him get back on track. The 0 for 18 in August was only one of several slumps he went through this past season.
It doesn’t help that Baty’s defense is far from even average. Ronny Mauricio looks poised to challenge him for playing time at the hot corner.
Concern Level: When is this kid ever going to break out?