Hey, a guy who’s already debuted. Let’s refresh the memory on Brett Baty:
BRETT BATY CRUSHES A HOMER IN HIS FIRST MLB AT-BAT!! pic.twitter.com/iqB8JqBx6h
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 17, 2022
And home run number two:
BRETT BATY HAS HIS FIRST CITI FIELD HOME RUN! pic.twitter.com/GElJwq1wjo
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 26, 2022
And pure unadulterated love to help weigh out all the hours you spend listening to true crime:
— John DeMarsico (@JohnDeMarsico) August 18, 2022
Sweet stuff. Not just the swing, but the family love. Speaking of family, it’s me, your daddy, with what I said back in August when he was called up, “It’s Brett Baty as in Brett “Beatty” — not “Batty,” because I know in your head, you see Brett Baty and think Batty. Oh, yeah, I know what is going on in your head. You’re thinking I also pronounced it Brett “Batty.” Wrong! I’m in your head, but you’re not in my head! In my head, I like to pronounce Brett’s last name “Bat-Why,” and with a flourish like it’s Pad Thai. I’ll tell you Bat-Why! Bat-Why because just last week he landed on Itch’s top 25 prospects for dynasty leagues, where he said, ‘Brett Baty has no business in AA. He’s repeating the level after posting a 118 wRC+ in 40 games last year, and he’s slashing .355/.427/.655 with eight home runs in his last 26 games. Who’s in charge of this stuff? What’s happening here? This is dumb, so I think somehow Grey’s behind it.’ Okay, not cool. Bat Why’s numbers at Double-A ended up 19 HRs, .312/.406 in 89 games, as he was finally promoted to Triple-A after Itch’s insistence, and he’s continued to hit there too. The Mets need a third baseman with Eduardo Escobar IL’d and Baty is being called up. I Bat-Why’d on all my teams where I too need a third baseman. He could be the last big call-up. By the why, who doesn’t need a 3rd baseman? The one team who drafted Jo-Jo-Ram in your league? Cool, not me, which is why I Bat-Why’d and that’s Bat-Because.” And that’s me quoting me quoting Itch! So, what can we expect from Brett Baty for 2023 fantasy baseball?
Hey, what’s the chances Eduardo Escobar can be injured by March? Can someone make that happen? Just looked at the Mets’ contracts, and who thought Escobar and James McCann thru 2024 was a good idea? Can they bench both of these guys? Am I trying to sneak in Francisco Alvarez information into a Brett Baty post? Maybe, what’s it to ya? Hey, Jimmy, check out this guy, trying to gabagool like a damn fool–Sorry, slipped into my Mets fan voice. Excuse me, not fan, but WFAN. Any hoo! Escobar goes to DH and Baty plays 3rd or Baty DHs, I, honestly, don’t care. Daniel Vogelbach, bless that mess he calls a belly, but he’s not standing in the way of Baty, and, if he is, it’s gonna get real cold there in that shadow.
Unlike everything that could go wrong for the Mets that does, Brett Baty seems pretty surefire. As you see in those videos above, he’s got easy power. As you see in the Double-A stats that I mentioned in the opening, well, again, easy power. Also, he doesn’t strikeout like the usual big power guy. He could take quite a few walks too. Trying to see all that could go wrong because: Mets, and I just don’t see it. He did have an UCL tear of his thumb to end his season, so I guess something there could go wrong, but that’s usually a five-week injury, and he’s already hitting again. Prolly the most unfortunate thing for him is he’s a lefty, so that gives an old school manager like Showalter a reason to platoon him. Escobar should be platooned out vs. righties, and Baty gives them a reason to do it. If Baty doesn’t break camp with the club it will be because of injury or stupidity. For 2023, I’ll give Brett Baty projections of 46/16/53/.261/1 in 331 ABs with a chance for more, because I’m expecting a straight platoon, but Escobar could be traded (please) or benched (sure, same diff to me).