Baty drives in 7 runs on grand night with Rumble Ponies

July 30th, 2022

By all indications, it would behoove Brett Baty to have his bags packed. Whether the next destination is Syracuse or Queens remains to be seen, but it's becoming evident with each passing game that his days in Binghamton are numbered.

The second-ranked Mets prospect not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an early home run on Friday, he also added a couple of exclamation points to his performance with a late grand slam and a career-high seven RBIs to help power the Rumble Ponies over New Hampshire in a 12-8 slugfest at Mirabito Stadium.

Baty's 12-game hitting streak is his second longest of the year. He hit safely in 16 straight games from June 8-25. During his active steak, he has nine multihit efforts, including six consecutive, and has gone deep in back-to-back games with Friday marking his first multihomer output of the year.

Still, the 22-year-old credits a new training regimen in the batting cages with his hitting coach Tommy Joseph and his teammates for his success.

"We recently started doing this new program in the cages where we make it a harder experience than the actual game, and so that has helped me out a lot," Baty said. "They come at you with mixed speeds and different arm slots and arm actions, so you have to really be on your toes in there. And I've been able to bring that into the game with me. Just the ability to recognize different pitches early and then put good swings on balls in the zone has been key for me.

"I also gotta give credit to my teammates. Yeah, I've been swinging it well, but my teammates have been putting great at-bats together all around me and having guys on base whenever I get up has really helped."

There was no one on base when Baty stepped to the plate in the opening frame with two outs and turned around the first pitch he saw from righty Adam Kloffenstein and launched it over the wall in center field for his 15th dinger of the season. The blast opened the scoring in the game and set a tone for the 2019 No. 12 overall Draft selection.

"That was definitely a good way to start the night off," he said, before adding a slight chuckle. "I got a 0-0 slider that caught too much of the plate, and to be honest I was sitting heater there but once I read slider and realized the location I just took a swing at it. That set a good tone for the night."

MLB Pipeline's No. 19 overall prospect then capped a six-run frame for the Rumble Ponies in the fourth with a two-run single through the right side of the infield with two outs. The knock came on the sixth pitch of the at-bat after Baty fell behind 1-2 and fouled off consecutive offerings.

In his final at-bat, the lefty-swinger came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth of a three-run game. After working the count full, it was another slider that crossed the plate -- this time from left-hander Braden Scott -- and again Baty did not miss it.

"It was an 8-5 game at that time, and two outs, so I was just going up there trying to get something in play and hit it hard and score some runs. Once I got into a 3-2 count I knew something had to come in over the plate and he hung me a slider. I put a good swing on it and it felt really good coming off the barrel."

The grand slam proved to be the difference in the game as the Fisher Cats rallied for three runs in the ninth.

Baty is sporting a .307/.397/.528 slash line with 16 homers, 20 doubles, 40 walks, 63 runs scored and 49 RBIs over 81 games with Binghamton this season. And whatever is up next for the Round Rock, Texas, native, his focus remains on enjoying the ride.

"Yeah, [getting promoted] is always in the back of your mind. But it's never your decision. So I'm just focusing on having fun and getting better at the game of baseball," Baty said. "If they need me to move up a level, then I'm all for it and if not I'm gonna stay here and continue to have fun and play the game the right way. Every day I'm just trying to get to being the best baseball player that I can be."