2 Mets prospects, 3 veterans in the minors who will be key for the team in the first half

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NY Mets prospect Brett Baty should be on speed dial to replace an injured player

Brett Baty is probably the best fit prospect for the Mets roster right now. The ability to play third base and left field albeit with some question marks does carry some weight. He’s already an option to start at either position if Eduardo Escobar or Mark Canha go down with an injury. In fact, the Mets should consider Baty if anyone other than Francisco Lindor or a catcher gets hurt.

Baty made it to the majors last year and made the strongest of cases to crack the Opening Day roster this spring. The Mets decided to behave timidly and wait to unleash him. Fans have accepted it. At least it wasn’t Darin Ruf who took his roster spot.

The path for Baty to get back to the majors will come almost exclusively due to an injury. The Mets could decide against keeping Tim Locastro if he isn’t doing what he needs to. The issue they’re going to run into is if Locastro is playing well and other players are struggling offensively. There is very little wiggle room outside of demoting Luis Guillorme.

Knowing Baty is available will ease fans each time a position player grabs a hamstring or gets plunked with a pitch. We’re all ready to see him in action.