Brett Baty

22-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
New York Mets AA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Baty can hit the ball really hard, but he also strikes out a lot and has logged terrible groundball rates in pro ball. He had a 51.6 GB% at High-A and a 61.2 GB% at Double-A. His run in the Arizona Fall League generated buzz after registering an elite maximum exit velocity, but he still wasn't driving the ball over the fence, hitting one home run with a .405 SLG and a 30.4 K% in 25 games. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound left-handed hitter, Baty has improved enough defensively that he should be able to stick at third base long term. He is talented, and if he changes his launch angle, he could be quite valuable, especially in OBP leagues. However, with Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus each ranking him as a top-40 overall prospect this offseason, this may be the perfect time to sell high in dynasty leagues. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $3.9 million contract with the Mets in June of 2019.
Huge game Wednesday
3BNew York Mets  AA
May 12, 2022
Baty had his biggest game of the year for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, a walk, two RBI and three runs. He's now hitting .283/.372/.455 with two homers and 11 doubles across 27 games.
It's good to see Baty hit the ball over the fence, as his only other long ball came in Binghamton's season opener April 8. It's also encouraging to see him go a game without striking out, which is only the fifth time this season he's been able to do so. Despite that, Baty has a solid season line, as he's hitting a bit better than he did in his first taste of Double-A last season. To punch his ticket to the big leagues, though, Baty's going to have to translate his tremendous raw power to game action far more often. That said, there's nothing wrong with his all-fields approach, and Baty is hitting far more line drives and fly balls than he did last year, which is promising.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The main development for Baty last season was that he reported to the alternate training site in August in the best shape he has been in since the Mets drafted him with the No. 12 overall pick in 2019. Listed at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds when he was drafted, Baty was not unathletic, but he had a bit of a doughy physique. He is reportedly more toned, and monster all-fields power is still his calling card. He is not unlike Nolan Jones, in that he is much more valuable in OBP leagues than AVG leagues as he works long at-bats, which leads to an abundance of walks and strikeouts. That patient approach was evident during the fall instructional league. Baty turned 21 in November and was one of the oldest prep players from his class. He may head to Low-A initially, but given his age, the Mets will likely look to push him up to High-A in fairly short order. Baty will continue to be developed as a third baseman for now.
Seen as one of the best offensive-minded players from the high school ranks, Baty was selected by the Mets with the 12th-overall pick. He hit just .234 across stops in the Gulf Coast, Appalachian and New York-Penn leagues, but thanks to a 15.4 BB%, he had a .368 OBP in his pro debut. The early returns suggest he may be a three-true-outcomes slugger (28.5 K%), so he should be slightly downgraded in batting average leagues. Baty, who hits left-handed and throws right-handed, has monster raw power to all fields that he has no trouble getting to in games. He was old for his class and turned 20 this offseason, so he won't get the benefit of the doubt if he struggles in his full-season debut. Defensively, there are concerns that he might outgrow third base -- he is already 6-foot-3, 210 pounds -- but he has the arm and hands for the position.
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Huge game at Double-A
3BNew York Mets  AA
August 13, 2021
Baty went 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and four RBI for Double-A Binghamton on Thursday.
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Posts six-RBI game in Double-A
3BNew York Mets  AA
July 25, 2021
Baty went 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, a walk, six RBI and three runs for Double-A Binghamton against Eries on Saturday.
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Moving up to Double-A
3BNew York Mets  AA
July 10, 2021
Baty will be promoted to Double-A Binghamton after participating in the Futures Game on Sunday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Cranks first homer
3BNew York Mets  AA
June 2, 2021
Baty went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI for High-A Brooklyn on Tuesday.
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Seeing ball well early
3BNew York Mets  AA
May 20, 2021
Baty went 4-for-5 with a double, four RBI and two runs Wednesday in High-A Brooklyn's 14-0 win over Hudson Valley.
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