Mets rookies who will officially take a job from 1 of these veterans in 2023

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The New York Mets look different on the field than what we saw on opening day. The team's top prospects have been moving up to the big leagues, injecting youth into the Mets lineup.

Rookies have been receiving more games in recent weeks thus reducing the playing time of some veterans. In this sense, which of these prospects could assume the positions full-time, and which veterans are at risk of losing their position?

Former Mets top prospect, Brett Baty, is taking over the third base

Brett Baty came into this season to show why he is one of the best prospects in MLB. From spring training to the start of the AAA season, Baty changed his hitting profile by lifting the ball more, which guaranteed him a quick promotion to MLB.

Baty started out hitting well and adjusting to MLB pitching, posting a batting average above .300 in April. Since then, Baty has shown flashes of good plate knowledge and swing mechanics.

However, despite seeing most of the playing time at the position, he doesn't look like the team's official third baseman, as he has sometimes been on the bench for Eduardo Escobar, especially against lefties. Likewise, the presence of Vientos on the team has given Buck Showalter another option to play third base, even placing Baty in left field between games.

These experiments are coming to an end soon. Baty, who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect and 10th in all of baseball according to the latest MLB Pipeline update, needs to be in the lineup every day regardless of the pitcher.

Even Baty finds himself batting better against lefties than righties, and his defense has been pretty good at the position. On the other hand, Escobar does not have a hitter profile that contributes enough to be a regular. It's only a matter of time before Escobar ends up permanently benched as an infield utility player and pinch hitter.