With their first pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the New York Mets were able to grab a player that not many thought would still be on the board when they had the 12th pick. That player is third baseman/first baseman Brett Baty, who is 19 years old and went to Lake Travis High School in Texas.
“One of the best pure hitters in the draft class, Baty brings 70-grade raw power to the table with impressive strength and plus bat speed. He also has an advanced approach at the plate and a feel for putting the barrel on the ball. In every batting practice Baty takes, his power stands out. The ease with which he’s able to send the ball out of the park, both to the pull side and to the opposite field, rivals nearly any player in the 2019 draft.”
In 2018, Baty was named as the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in the state of Texas. He hit .435 with 12 home runs, 27 RBIs, had an on-base percentage of .622, and drew 38 walks. In the press release announcing the award, here is what one of the coaches his team faced (Allen McGee at Vandergrift High School) had to say about him:
“He’s the real deal. He’s good, and he’s doing it against really good competition, too. He changes your whole game plan when he is at the plate, and he pitches, too.”
This year, Baty had outstanding stats in Texas. While stats aren’t the end all, be all for any player, the 19-year-old still had an incredible season. He hit .615 with 19 home runs, 50 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .733, and a slugging percentage of 1.333.
As pointed out in scouting reports, the strength of Baty’s game is his power and that will keep him in the lineup regardless of the position that he would end up playing at the professional level. Here is some video from 2080 Ball from the Perfect Game National Showcase last June:
For the Mets, Baty is a player that brings instant offense to the hot corner and he can still move up gradually because he is a couple years older than when a prep school player would normally be taken. If the past is any indication, then Baty hopefully pans out for Mets fans like the last third baseman they took in Round 1 (David Wright, 38th pick, 2001).
While third base may not be an area of need for Brodie Van Wagenen and company, give the organization credit for picking the best player on the board and grabbing a player that some did not think would be around at 12.
Baty’s power will be fun to watch as he continues to matriculate up the Mets’ farm system. If he can stay at third base, it will be an added bonus to bring more depth to that position.