Mets prospect Brett Baty 'just missed' being on The Athletic's Top 100 list for 2021

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Brett Baty during Mets BP
Brett Baty during Mets BP

There were four Mets listed on Keith Law of The Athletic's top 100 prospects for 2021 -- Francisco Alvarez, Ronny Mauricio, Matt Allan, and Pete Crow-Armstrong.

Noticeably absent from the list was Brett Baty, the Mets' first overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.

And Baty has now been listed by Law as one of 12 prospects who "just missed" being on his top 100 list.

Calling Baty "a big kid with an advanced bat who’d probably end up moving from third base to first base," Law said Baty "might still be a star," but noted that the road for him to reach that potential has gotten tougher due to the fact that he -- and every other minor leaguer -- lost a full season of development in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baty, who was a relatively old 19 when he was drafted out of high school in 2019, will enter the 2021 season at 21 years old.

On SNY's top 20 Mets prospects for 2021 list, Joe DeMayo listed Baty as the No. 5 prospect, writing:

"He has plus raw power to all fields, he has plus knowledge of the strike zone, but there is some wonder about his overall hit tool and where he ends up on the diamond. Baty is currently a third baseman, but there is wonder in the scouting community if his future is at first base. He is a tireless worker, and he has made some strides at third, but the questions still remain."

Because of the lost season in 2020, Baty's only experience in professional baseball came shortly after he was drafted in 2019, when he played at three different minor league levels, culminating with Low-A Brooklyn.

Between the three levels in 2019, Baty hit .234/.368/.452 with seven homers, 15 doubles, and two triples in 51 games.

With the recent reshuffling and elimination of teams throughout the minors Brooklyn is now the Mets' High-A affiliate, and it is where Baty will likely open the 2021 season.