NY Mets prospect Mark Vientos could have a future as a semi-permanent DH
For as poorly as Baty has fielded his position at third base, Mark Vientos has struggled even more. At the very least, he has done poorly for a longer time because of how long he has been with the Mets organization.
Vientos has been averaging nearly an error once every ten chances. It didn’t get better in Double-A last season with Vientos finishing his stint there with an .868 fielding percentage.
Like Baty, Vientos also began to see some time in left field. Another possibility for him, Vientos could end up in a J.D. Davis type role. Ultimately, the Mets may like to see what his bat can do regularly as their DH. It probably depends on which young prospect—Baty or Vientos—can figure out left field better.
The Mets can do a couple of things with the DH spot. Moving Pete Alonso there full-time is an unpopular opinion because of the improvements he has made with the glove. He’ll certainly get some at-bats at the position in the future. However, the question would have to be whether or not the Mets have a better defense with Alonso at first base and a guy like Vientos in left field.
Vientos made some huge strides at the plate in 2021 and if he doesn’t end up traded, there are places other than third base for him to line up to play. Quickly moved away from shortstop after his rookie professional season, focus has turned to getting the most out of his bat and trying to hide his glove as best as they can.