Part 4 of the series on the top expectations of the Mits.
It wasn’t until David Wright’s career came to an end or nearing the end that the Mats got the importance of finding a third baseman for their next home ground.
The organization could look for a successor to Brett Batty. From Lake Travis High in Austin, Texas, he brings a strong left-handed bat and a strong throwing arm to the bat equation selected by the Mets in the first row (twelfth) of last year’s head. Gimenez and Catcher joined Francisco Alvarez.
Two years before the bat was drafted – it would be difficult to clearly recover from Wright’s accidental injury that shortened his career – the Mets used their second-round pick to Mercante Vientos, who moved to third base last season. Colombia in Lo.
Batty spent most of last summer at rookie-level Kingsport and took seven homers and 33 RBIs with .234 / .368 / .452 slash lines in 52 games. Batty finished the season playing five games for Brooklyn in class after the Hurricane chased a playoff berth. In the postseason, he was 3-for-9 (.333) on the plate.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, there were concerns last season about the bat’s mobility around third base, but the presence of the 20-year-old has strengthened his stock since arriving at camp this spring.
“He found himself in extraordinary shape and it has always fascinated me,” says one Mets talent evaluator. “You came one season and someone said, ‘Hey, look, make sure you’re in good shape next spring,’ and this kid came in and he lost 15 pounds and he looks better and moves better and that thing impresses me .
“Handsome bat, very good swing and he’s another guy, you have to let him play. He’s going to catch, he’s got good skills, he’s got a great presence.
From Mitz’s point of view, the bat would ideally reach the major leagues by 2023 or 2024. That would coincide with the expiration of Robinson Canoe’s contract, with Jeff McNeil likely to be allowed to play full-time in the second half, either in shorts with Amed Rosario, Mauricio or Gimenez. McNeil’s versatility could also keep him outfield.
Batty arrived last summer as part of a strong Mets draft class that included crushing Josh Wolf and Matthew Allan in the second and third rounds, respectively. Alan was considered a first-round talent, but backtracked on drafting whether he would sign. Batty was chosen as the second third baseman in last year’s draft behind Josh Jung of Texas Tech.
“[Baty] The stream-zone is disciplined and the call to create a great job comes to him, “Jared Banner, Mets executive director of player development, said in an email.
Batty’s athleticism only exacerbates his conspiracy. A three-sport standout in high school, he can play basketball and hired departmental schools quarterbacks in football.
“He’s a high quality kid with impressive work ethic and competition,” Banner said. “He set a great example for his teammates.”