The Mets call top infield prospect Brett Baty up to the Major League roster, ESPN’s Jeff Passan (via Twitter). The overall selection of the number 12 of 2019 must have formally selected his contract for the roster of 40 men. Mike Puma of the New York Post goes on to report that the move to select Baty won’t officially happen until tomorrow (Twitter link).
New York also seems ready to recall righty Stephen Nogosek from Triple-A, as Anthony DiComo. from MLB.com tweets that there is a locker for him in the clubhouse. Nogosek will probably be the selection site of Carlos Carrascowhich is IL-bound due to an oblique strain.
Baty, 22, has split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, posting monster numbers at every stop (though only six games in Triple-A so far). Ranked number 26 on the game at FanGraphs, number 28 at Baseball America and number 38 at The Athletic, the left-handed Baty has set a superb .315/.410/.533 batting line with 19 home runs and 22 doubles in a combined 420 at bats. He ran a solid 11.7% clip so far and fanned out in 24.8% of his record appearances.
Rumors of a possible Baty promotion were circulating this weekend, although Mets skipper Buck Showalter briefly put an end to that yesterday when he specifically stated that a Baty promotion was not in the offing. Whether that statement only applied on Monday or whether the organization simply changed its mind is of little importance at this point. Baty will join the Mets in Atlanta and figures to see regular playtime with Luis Guillormea up to six weeks and veteran Eduardo Escobar currently cobbled together. (Teams don’t summon prospects of Baty’s caliber to sit them on the couch or deploy them in minimal roles.)
Scouting reports on Baty suggest that in both 2022 he started raising the ball more frequently – resulting in an increase in power – as well as improving defensively in the hot corner. The Mets have also occasionally tried him in left field, but with Guillorme on the shelf and Escobar not at 100%, Baty looks likely to be installed in his traditional position of third base for now. It will be a telltale trial run as Baty has all the tools needed to be the long-term option in the hot corner in Queens – and this could well be the beginning of that anointing.
The Mets are certainly more focused on their production during the last few weeks of the season than on Baty’s service time, but it’s still worth a quick look at his outlook in that regard. Baty won’t be able to reach a full year of service in 2022, nor will he be able to muster enough time to push the limits of Super Two eligibility. Even he is set for the rest of the season, he will still be on track to qualify for arbitration after the 2025 campaign and will remain under team control until 2028. Future optional commands can of course further reduce those critical milestones .
If Baty does indeed become a viable regular in the coming weeks, Escobar’s role at the club will become increasingly obscure. Signed to a $20MM off-season two-year contract, the 33-year veteran has been stranded through 409 at bats en route to a .216/.269/.384 batting line. With Baty on third base and Jeff McNeil on second base, Escobar’s role would seemingly be relegated to that of an expensive banker.