The New York Mets have had a hectic Spring Training. The relief has suffered significant losses and depth with the loss of Edwin Diaz, Sam Coonrod, and Bryce Montes de Oca. Brandon Nimmo recently found himself in questionable status to start the year with the team due to a knee injury.
The team has had bright spots with the good performances of Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer on the mound and some starters. Of all these positive points, four names have made the most of the preseason and have been the biggest winners of this Spring Training.
1) Mets prospect Brett Baty is quickly making fans forget Carlos Correa
Brett Baty entered the offseason with a mission to work his defense and cut ground hits to compete for the Mets' third base position. However, the Mets' interest in signing Carlos Correa blocked any immediate opportunity for Baty to fill the position.
As soon as Correa's deal fell apart for well-known health reasons, Baty began his task. Among the qualified players this spring training, Baty is the leader in AVG, OBP, and fourth in OPS in the entire MLB.
Additionally, he has connected the ball hard. Per Statcast, his average exit velocity sits around 93.5 mph, better than Pete Alonso's and fourth among the team's qualified players.
From the other side of the ball, Baty has made it clear that his effort pays off. Since he started working with Troy Tulowitzki in the winter, his defense has improved making routine plays and plays he couldn't make before.
Brett Baty went from a non-position player and possible trade chip candidate to a potential player with playing time in the middle of the year, to be on the verge of earning the job as the Mets' Opening Day third baseman. The 2023 Spring Training has been the best scenario for Baty to show what he is made of and why he is that great top prospect that scouts consider.