The New York Mets had gone much of the season without having a position player miss substantial time. That changed with Luis Guillorme heading to the injured list for at least four weeks with a groin strain.
This is a big blow as Guillorme brought a Gold Glove-caliber glove along with a much improved bat. He had been getting a majority of the reps at third base with Eduardo Escobar's struggles.
With Escobar also dealing with an injury, the Mets will bring up their number two prospect and the number 18 prospect overall according to mlb.com.
The Mets promoting Baty is the right decision, and he should play every day at third base at least until Guillorme returns.
The Mets selected Baty with the 12th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He's performed extremely well in the Mets system and despite only playing in just six games at AAA Syracuse, the 22 year old has found his way to Queens.
Baty has slashed .315/.410/.533 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI this season in AA and AAA. The bat is clearly ready, the reason he hadn't been called up sooner is his glove doesn't appear to be ready.
He's a below average defender at the hot corner and because of this has seen time in left field as well. Even with the below average glove, this move had to happen.
Eduardo Escobar is hurt, and even when healthy he hadn't shown that he was capable of playing every day. Despite hitting lefties well, he's slashed just .199/.261/.327 against righties.
With the Mets already sacrificing the number nine spot for defense at catcher, they really can't sacrifice another one. Baty is the offensive upgrade the Mets needed with Guillorme out and he should perform well.
Baty does have only six games played in AAA but I don't think that really matters. When the Mets called up Michael Conforto from AA in 2015, he performed well. The Braves have called up two players from AA who have performed well this season. Baty appears to be ready and it's very exciting to see one of the Mets coveted prospects get the call.