Every once in a while, a prospect is called into the big leagues and all eyes are immediately on them.
It happened with Pete Alonso in 2019, Michel Conforto in 2015, David Wright in 2004 and so on.
The same goes for the third baseman, Brett Batywhom the Mets called up to the majors this week to overcome the injuries of Eduardo Escobar and Luis Guillorme.
Baty, who had a stellar year at Double-A Binghamton and was just promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, probably wouldn’t have made his debut this season had it not been for the sudden opening of the formation of 26 players.
With the Mets in a playoff push and facing division rivals in the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies this series and next, followed by the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, New York knew that ‘they had to field the best possible team right now.
In his first game as a big leaguer on Wednesday night, Baty hit a two-run home run to right field in his first game at bat, in front of his family and friends, who exploded with excitement.
“Looking up (in the stands) and seeing my family up there celebrating in the dugout with my teammates is just pure joy,” Baty said after the game.
Baty was the first Met to hit a home run in his first game with the team since Mike Jacobs did it in 2005.
It’s a crucial step for the Mets, but according to the manager Buck Showalterthey try not to put extra stress on Baty.
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“I know this is a great moment in his life and organizationally and fan-wise and so on,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said before the game Wednesday. “We all love to see guys from our own system come here, but the last thing I’m going to do is be someone who makes it even harder.”
Baty says outfielder Brandon Nimmo also spoke to him when called on the same subject.
“Nimmo just pulled me aside and he was like, ‘Hey, man, slow down. It’s going to be quite a big atmosphere, that’s for sure. But we all trust you there. We support you,” Baty said. “That’s what I wanted to hear.
The Mets lead the Braves by 4.5 games in the National League East, with a chance to extend that to 5.5 behind Jacob deGrom on Thursday.
After this tough run of games, the Mets have a favorable September to end the season as they hope to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
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