Chris Crawford breaks down how Brett Baty has performed thus far in his small sample size at the major league level and discusses what the rookie can bring fantasy managers over the rest of the season.
- The Mets decided to call up one of the top third base prospects in the sport last week in Brett Baty, and he immediately paid dividends with the homer in his first game, a 9-7 win over the Braves. He picked up hits in the next two contests, but ended the week by going over 12 to damper things slightly. Don't let that small sample dissuade you from considering him from the fantasy perspective, however. The infielder was hitting .310, .410, .533 in his 95 minor league games. A difference in difficulty for sure, but impressive nevertheless, with 19 homers at the Double-A and Triple-A level.
The 12th pick of the absolutely loaded 2019 MLB draft, Baty has a tool chest that suggests he can hit for both average and power. And while he's not immune to strikeouts, the 22-year-old has a chance to make enough hard contact for it not to be a huge detriment either. Don't expect many stolen bases, but don't expect many stolen bases from the majority of players at the hot corner. Baty offers the usual fantasy risk of a rookie, but it comes with a considerable amount of upside as well.