The New York Mets are reportedly considering making a significant roster move as they march to the postseason.
The New York Mets are reportedly considering calling up prized infield prospect Brett Baty in the event that Luis Guillorme is placed on the injured list, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Guillorme, 27, is a glove-first middle infielder for the Mets who has proven to be very valuable for the club since his debut back in 2018. He was removed from the Mets contest against the Phillies on August 14th with a groin injury.
Should Guillorme’s MRI, which is scheduled for Monday, August 15th, comes back with bad news for the team, the No. 2 prospect in the organization could earn his first call up to the big leagues.
Mets: Brett Baty could replace Guillorme in the event of serious injury
The Mets are spoiled with their third base depth, having both Baty and Mark Vientos on hand in the minors and both seem to be at or near major league ready.
Baty, 22, was the first-round pick by the Mets in the 2019 MLB Draft and is having his best season in professional ball to this point. In 95 games between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse, Baty has 19 home runs and 59 RBI with a .312 batting average. He has been working on adding left field to his defensive repertoire as well, which will fit in nicely on a Mets team that loves versatility.
Should Baty, the No. 18 prospect in all of baseball, earn a call-up, he will likely spend the majority of his time at third, where he has been a poor fielder so far this season. His .918 fielding percentage at third this year would put him dead last amongst big league third basemen with as many innings as he has at the hot corner.
Of course, a prospect like Baty carries much more weight with his bat than with his glove. He swings it from the left side and has considerable pop in his bat. If Guillorme is able to avoid a trip to the IL, Baty should still be at the top of the list for future corner infield/corner outfield openings on the active roster.