Mets 2022 Minor League Player of the Year
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During a nine-day stretch in August, Brett Baty was promoted twice, to Triple-A in Syracuse on August 8 and New York on August 17.
The 22-year-old third baseman’s highs included blasting a home run in his first MLB at-bat. His season ended two weeks later when he underwent surgery for a torn thumb ligament
Injuries to Luis Guillorme and Eduardo Escobar gave Baty the opportunity, who moved to Triple-A after a remarkable streak at Double-A Binghamton.
In 95 games with Binghamton and Syracuse, the 2019 first-round pick produced at a .315/.410/.533 level with 19 home runs, 49 walks and 104 strikeouts.
“It’s very hard to find someone his age who put up the numbers he did,” Mets farm manager Kevin Howard said.
Baty set career highs in home runs and with a .943 OPS.
“He slowly came out of the gate and got better and better over the season, and I think that’s what you’re looking for in your prospects is that they continue to figure things out.
“Every pitcher he’s faced, (Baty) is the main roster player that they really plan the game against. And I think that sometimes makes it harder for some prospects because they’re just getting started.
Baty is still working on his footwork defensively. He had 15 errors in 72 games at third base in the minors – a .918 field percentage – but impressed the organization with his strong, accurate shots. He also plays left field.
“Even as a young guy, his arm is one of the best third basemen I’ve seen in the major leagues, so I think he’s not far behind,” Howard said. “He made some good plays and he impressed people while he was up there.”
One thing Baty has emphasized this season has been hitting the ball in the air more often.
“I always tried to hit the ball hard, all over the pitch,” Baty said. “I thought it was going to happen soon enough, and this year it showed a bit. I think I’m only scratching the surface, though. I feel like I can do a lot more.”
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