The New York Mets just might know what they're doing with Brodie Van Wagenen in the front office. On Monday, the Mets selected prep third baseman Brett Baty.
Baty is considered to have some of the best raw power in the 2019 draft, as well as a plus hit tool. These tools are a result of an advanced approach at the plate, as well as impressive bat speed and strength. Baty has shown that he won't sell out for power, but will repeatedly hit the baseball hard.
Here is where Austin prep 3B Brett Baty ranked among all high school players in the 2019 draft class on @BaseballAmerica best tools balloting:— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) June 4, 2019
⚾️ Best Hitter: 3rd
⚾️ Best Power: 2nd
⚾️ Best Strike-Zone Judgment: 3rd
The @Mets drafted Baty 12th overall.
Baty is an older high school prospect, as he is currently 19.5-years-old. That age difference showed in his senior year, as he hit an insane .615 with 19 homers and 50 runs batted in. Baty drew a ton of comparisons to eighth-overall pick Josh Jung due to similarities in their build and the fact that they're both considered among the best all-around hitters at their respective levels of play.
"When I heard my name, I got so happy, just overflowed with emotion" - Brett Baty on being drafted 12th by the Mets pic.twitter.com/eoP6HxbYkv— SNY (@SNYtv) June 4, 2019
The Mets have had a serious third base complex ever since David Wright started having injury issues. J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier are currently splitting the duties right now, and while Davis looks to be a solid player, there are no guarantees that he's going to be the future.
The Mets do have third baseman Mark Vientos in the minors, who they're really high on, so it makes you wonder whether Baty or Vientos will switch positions at some point if they wind up playing together.
Regardless, the selection of Baty was a great move for Van Wagenen and his new staff. Hopefully they don't break Mets' fans hearts and trade Baty the way they traded Jarred Kelenic in the offseason. If they don't, it's very possible that the hot corner will be in very good hands with Brett.