Brett Baty continues to prove he belonged on the Opening Day roster with a monster day in Triple-A

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Brett Baty didn’t kick and scream when he was sent down by the New York Mets this spring. He waited to make them feel like they made a mistake when games got underway. He had a productive day at the plate in Friday’s opener for the Syracuse Mets. He continued it with an even bigger day on Saturday with a grand slam as the exclamation point of the day.

Baty would go on to finish the game going 4 for 5 in the Syracuse victory. He was at the center of the bludgeoning of Worcester batting out of the number two spot.

The hype is real. Baty is MLB-ready. How do the Mets find a place to play him?

The Mets need Brett Baty on the MLB roster but there isn’t much room

Billy Eppler talked a big game about roster building this offseason. Everything from having optional relievers to a diverse bench were talking points. The bench is maybe a little too diverse. Two platoon partners plus Luis Guillorme and Tim Locastro give the Mets a foursome on any given night with talent but limited abilities.

Even worse, Guillorme is the team’s only bench player with minor league options. Locastro is the most obvious player to designate for assignment. However, after choosing him over Darin Ruf and players like Baty, it would seem sudden to move on from him now.

Baty will continue to make a strong push for a promotion. The challenge for the Mets will be to bite the bullet and admit he should have been on the MLB roster all along. While Baty mashes in Triple-A, we’ll all look at how players like Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha, Daniel Vogelbach, and Tommy Pham perform. 

The likeliest path for Baty to reach the major leagues is through replacing an injured player. Based on this early output, the sooner the better.

And in case you were curious, he’s flashing some leather, too.

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