It took the Mets greater than 40 seasons to discover a franchise third baseman when David Wright arrived in 2004, however they could not have to attend that lengthy for their subsequent nice participant on the sizzling nook to reach.
Lower than 4 years after Wright’s premature retirement, the Amazins’ might need their subsequent franchise third baseman ready in the wings, and at present tearing up the Arizona Fall League, in prospect Brett Baty.
The 2019 first-round select of Lake Travis Excessive Faculty in Austin, Texas took half in the league’s Fall Stars Sport on Saturday night time and ripped an reverse subject double to left-center subject. Up to now, he’s clubbed 21 hits in 76 at-bats in the Grand Canyon State, with 4 doubles, a house run and 9 RBI.
Small as that pattern dimension is, the 22-year-old Baty continues to construct on an excellent 2021 minor league marketing campaign in which he cut up time with the Mets’ farm groups in Brooklyn and Binghamton. In 91 video games with the Cyclones and Rumble Ponies, Baty hit for a .292 batting common and a .382 on-base proportion. He continued to point out indicators of creating energy, slugging 22 doubles and 12 house runs whereas driving in 56 RBI.
Even so, Baty might not fairly be prepared for prime time but, as he struck out 98 instances in 332 at-bats, an indication that he’ll have to proceed engaged on his plate self-discipline. Defensively, he performed 66 video games at third base, however made 15 errors, good for a .915 fielding proportion.
He’s additionally confirmed that he can play different elements of the diamond, as he additionally had stints in each left and proper subject.
Baty’s continued enhancements in the minors and the Arizona Fall League, nonetheless, recommend that he may arrive in Flushing quicker than most had predicted — and that would impression what the Mets do on the sizzling nook for 2022.
Third base was a weak spot for the Mets in 2021. JD Davis was penciled in for the spot initially, however was nagged by accidents all season, and his protection on the sizzling nook has traditionally been subpar. Jonathan Villar stepped up ably at third base, hitting .251 with 15 house runs, with common protection on the place; in 97 video games at third base, he dedicated 15 errors and had a .935 fielding proportion.
The reply for the Mets in 2022 is perhaps both signing a short-term stopgap third baseman, hoping Baty will probably be able to go in 2023, or discovering a third baseman who can transfer to a nook outfield spot. An alternative choice can be signing a veteran third baseman and transferring Baty to a nook outfield place for 2023.
Kris Bryant can be an excellent match. Splitting time between the outfield and third base, the free-agent Bryant slugged 25 house runs and had a .835 on-base proportion whereas splitting time with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants final season.
Different options may embody Kyle Seager, most just lately the franchise third baseman of the Seattle Mariners; Eduardo Escobar, who performed final season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers; and the aforementioned Villar.