The New York Mets will get a jolt to their team today as highly touted prospect Brett Baty is expected to make his major league debut in tonight's game against the Atlanta Braves as the Mets are suddenly decimated by injuries at third base with Luis Guillorme and Eduardo Escobar banged up.
So now this leaves Mets fans wondering who the next prospect callup will be, so let's think of Eric Orze, the team's fifth round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, as the next potential callup to the major leagues. He is the only draft pick remaining from that pandemic-shortened draft class out of six.
After returning from injury, Mets pitching prospect Eric Orze could very well be the team's solution against left-handed hitters.
Orze is the 17th ranked prospect in the Mets organization according to MLB.com's list of team prospects, but he hasn't pitched since July 29 due to an undisclosed injury.
Orze's biggest contribution to the Mets will be his ability to neutralize left-handed hitters on his nasty splitter, which is graded a 60 by scouts, meaning it's well above average. Furthermore, left-handed hitters have a batting average against him of .145 with a .171 BABIP, a 33.0 percent strikeout rate and a 6.4 percent walk rate. He also showed some lively stuff on his fastball in front of Buck Showalter in spring training, despite showing a lack of command (which he has since cleaned up in Triple-A).
Right now, the Mets don't have a legitimate solution to combat the key left-handed bats in a lineup in critical spots late in games, and for the Mets to win a title, they will need someone to step up in the bullpen. They missed opportunities in free agency and the trade deadline to get a reliable lefty weapon out of the bullpen.
The Mets will undoubtedly rely on David Peterson to move back into the rotation with the injuries to Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker, and with Joely Rodriguez as the only lefty in the bullpen, it leaves someone who has a plus splitter to put aside left-handed hitters.