The New York Mets have managed to improve their farm system considerably in the last couple of years even though they have used some of their depth for trades.
Brett Baty, drafted in 2019, is one of the prospects who made some noise last year.
He had a short cameo in MLB last year, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.
As a result, he is more likely to open the year in Triple-A.
That doesn’t mean he isn’t working tirelessly to become a better hitter and fielder.
In fact, he had the perfect training partner in the offseason.
“Brett Baty spent part of his offseason working on his defense with Gold Glover Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki on Baty’s defense: ‘He needs to get better over there…he’s got all the tools. He just needs some reps,'” SNY Mets tweeted.
Brett Baty spent part of his offseason working on his defense with Gold Glover Troy Tulowitzki.
Tulowitzki on Baty's defense: "He needs to get better over there…he’s got all the tools. He just needs some reps." https://t.co/o5JXCXOLGa pic.twitter.com/0drTp6WaQl
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) February 2, 2023
Tulowitzki certainly knows what he is talking about, and if he says Baty has what it takes to improve his defense at the hot corner, he most certainly does.
Offense hasn’t been a problem at the minor league level, but he does need to ace Triple-A and/or wait for an opportunity in the bigs.
A furious start at Double-A put him on the map for a potential call-up last year.
There, he slashed .312/.406/.544 with 19 home runs and a 160 wRC+ in 394 trips to the plate.
He had an explosive six-game sample in Triple-A and then jumped to the majors, where he slashed a much more discrete .184/.244/.342 in 11 games.
He will likely spend a month or two in Triple-A working on his defense and showing he can dominate the level offensively.
If he passes both tests, we could see him in Queens very soon.NEXT: Jeff McNeil Comments On New MLB Rules