Baty's rise reflected in new prospects list

August 20th, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- ’s hot first full Minor League season has him shooting up MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects lists just as fast as he’s rocketing through the Mets’ farm system.

Baty jumped from No. 94 on Pipeline’s preseason list to No. 49 on its midseason update released on Thursday, making the sixth-largest jump of any prospect in the game. It’s little surprise why.

After mashing over 51 games at High-A Brooklyn to earn a promotion, Baty has since hit five home runs in 29 games at Double-A Binghamton. Overall, Baty has a slash line of .287/.373/.481 in 80 Minor League games. He has received defensive exposure in left field in addition to his usual position of third base.

It’s Baty’s first full professional season. He debuted in 2019 and spent time at the Mets’ alternate training site last summer.

The only thing Baty could not do was supplant the Mets’ top prospect, Francisco Álvarez, who remained No. 1 in the system while jumping from No. 48 to No. 10 in MLB Pipeline’s overall rankings. Álvarez and Baty are now the Mets’ top two prospects, followed by shortstop Ronny Mauricio (No. 58 overall), pitchers Matt Allan and J.T. Ginn, and third baseman Mark Vientos.

It’s an order that’s relatively unchanged from March, save for some tweaks. The Mets did not have any of their 2021 Draft picks crack the organization’s Top 10, in large part because they did not sign top selection Kumar Rocker because of medical concerns. Second-rounder Calvin Ziegler clocked in at No. 12 on the Mets’ list, and third-rounder Dominic Hamel was ranked at No. 11. Fourth-rounder JT Schwartz was ranked at No. 17 and fifth-rounder Christian Scott at No. 28.